Bob Sakamoto: May 2012 Archives

The Chicago Boys and Girls Club is an after-school program that keeps young people off the streets and provides an opportunity to get involved in constructive activities. Before the recent introduction of a volleyball program to the Yancey Center at 6245 S. Wabash Ave., there were not a lot of activities for girls. Since the addition of volleyball, there has been a faithful showing of girls ages 11-18 eager to learn about the sport.




DePaul head coach Nadia Edwards and assistant coaches Marie Zidek and Phuong Luong conducted a two-hour clinic on May 17th teaching the basic skills while Blue Demon players Ally Rooks, Natalie Rizzo and Amy Lanski demonstrated techniques and interacted with the young ladies. Each participant received a DePaul volleyball T-shirt.




 "Just like all of our players at DePaul, these young ladies have developed a passion for volleyball," Edwards said. "Most of our players can reflect that at some point in their career, someone invested time to teach them the sport and help them cultivate a love for the game.  This was our chance to give back to the community and provide some of the opportunities that many of us had growing up.



VB 3.JPG"I loved seeing the smiles on each of the young ladies faces during the clinic. They had a high level of intensity and were truly excited to be involved. We look forward to returning for more clinics and building our relationship with the Yancey Boys and Girls Club. We also would like to give the young ladies from the clinic a chance to visit DePaul University's campus and attend a few of our matches in the fall."

DePaul sponsored a basketball fundamentals clinic for 50 elementary school aged children on May 12th at McGrath-Phillips Arena located on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. All participants received three hours of instruction and game experience from the DePaul men's and women's basketball coaching staffs and current student-athletes.



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The clinic included fundamental skill instruction and basic game principles for both offense and defense. Participants received a DePaul T-shirt and lunch and will receive tickets to a men's and women's basketball game during the 2012-13 season.


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Lisa Ryckbosch ran the clinic with Kevin Edwards, Ciara Johnson, and Dave Corzine.  Women's team members Brittany Hrynko, Chanise Jenkins, Kelsey Smith, Anna Martin and Megan Rogowski and men's team members Worrel Clahar, Donnavan Kirk, Derrell Robertson, Jr. and Montray Clemons helped out at the clinic.


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