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PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth boys basketball program hosted its First annual Father/Son Clinic under new head coach Ryan Bales on May 10.
The clinic included over 100 participants and was used as an opportunity for children in grades K-8 to spend an evening with their father, family member or friend developing skills as a basketball player while having a fun time. During the first half of the clinic, the Plymouth boys basketball coaching staff and high school players took the participants through a round of stations that included passing, shooting, dribbling and defensive drills to assist the program wants the drills taught.
â€śThis is one of the greatest camps or clinics we do because it allows the opportunity for dads and their children to spend an evening together,â€ť said Bales. â€śIt is neat to see the dads assisting in drills, rebounding for their son and encouraging them along the way. I think it is another great example of how parents can have such a positive impact on their child.â€ť
Plymouth senior and U.S. Coast Guard signee Ryan McNeil and North Judson-San Pierre senior and Balesâ€™ former player Winston Yergler spoke to the players on the importance of doing their best, having a good attitude and also what it takes to be a great player. The players also demonstrated some shooting and ball-handling drills for the younger Pilgrim players.
While this was taking place in the gym, the adults had the opportunity to listen to a couple of guest speakers as well. Todd Gongwer, author of the book â€śLead for Godâ€™s Sakeâ€ť, took time out of his schedule to talk to the fathers and other adults on the topic of leadership. Being a father and husband himself, he used some of his own life experiences as examples of times of influence for his family and others. Gongwerâ€™s book has been endorsed by former Irish football coach Lou Holtz and current Ohio State Buckeye coach Urban Meyer. The clinicâ€™s other featured speaker was former Notre Dame Fighting Irish great and current San Antonio Spurs D-League player Luke Zeller. Zeller touched on how his father positively impacted his life growing up on and off the court.
The evening concluded with a game of dodgeball for the younger Pilgrim players and high school players.
â€śIt was a very beneficial night because parents also get to see how we teach certain drills and also got to hear some outstanding speakers, but the highlight of this night is giving kids an opportunity to hang out with the person they look up to and allowing adults a chance to have some fun with their child,â€ť Bales said. It was even more special to me this year because I was able to participate alongside my two older boys Nolan and Mason. I thought our players and coaching staff did an outstanding job of interacting with the adults and kids and working to help improve our program.â€ť