Basketball Maui hosted their second annual Holiday Hoops clinic with 12o players receiving instruction from 25 coaches at Lahainaluna High School Athletic Department. “It was almost an even split between boys and girls aged seven to 17 years old,” said Basketball Maui Executive Director Ben Prangnell.
Renowned coaches Ben Howland of UCLA, NBC Camps founder and president Fred Crowell and former UCLA coach Jim Harrick, as well as Maui’s own Shane Victorino of the Philadelphia Phillies and his wife Leslie (who played basketball at UNLV) participated in Holiday Hoops.
“With the addition of Shane it doesn’t get much better,” Dan Williams, the event spokesman, said. “It is wonderful to see one of our own give back to the programs he grew up with.” Victorino played multiple sports including basketball during his high school years on the island. The event provides an evening of free enrichment for local Maui youth players, and offers parents in attendance a chance to talk with coaches, too.”
“It is great way to start our season,” said Prangnell. “We are so thankful to have such highly regarded people come and share their time and knowledge of the game with us.”
Basketball Maui is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching Maui’s youth. Their vision is to help youth set and reach goals through commitment and sacrifice. They started in April 2010 with their first summer camp event. Building on that camp they added school assemblies, a leadership tour to Washington State with 18 high school students and a charity basketball game called “Night of Shooting Stars.”
The next free event for Basketball Maui is Hoops of Hope on Jan. 28 at Hope Chapel in Kihei. They will have food, music and entertainment along with a clinic and show by Guinness book record-holder and NBA All-Star game performer Joe Odhiambo, an expert at ball spinning, dribbling and tricks. All proceeds will go to the Kit Lauer Memorial Scholarship, which allow kids the opportunity to participate in the camps, clinics and events hosted by Basketball Maui.
Also coming up in 2012 they have their Summer Jam Basketball Camp June 4-8, and a ‘Night of Shooting Stars’ on June 9. Parents and students interested in camps or other activities can go to their website http://basketballmaui.com for more information or call director Wayne Seaman at 1-800-520-1709 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.