EVANSVILLE, Ind. --- Tennessee State University head men’s basketball coach Dana Ford participated in the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Youth Clinic Monday afternoon in Evansville, Ind.
The OVC collaborated with clinic sponsors Downtown Evansville YMCA, Boys and Girls Club and Old National Bank to put on the event.
“We definitely had a lot of fun. The kids were great,” Ford said. “I think it’s for a really good cause. Everyone seemed to have fun learning about the game of basketball. It was an opportunity to teach them about academics and the importance of attending school regularly and having good sportsmanship on the court. It’s an opportunity for us as coaches to help build character and help in young kids’ lives.”
11 OVC basketball head coaches were present to work with the students who were selected to participate in the clinic. The clinic was a reward to students that showed great character, good behavior and leadership within their afterschool programs.
There were 75 boys and girls from the 4th-6th grades. Before starting the work on the court, Ford and Tennessee Tech women's head coach Kim Rosamond spoke to the group about sportsmanship and the importance of academics. The coaches split up into stations and focused on a specific skill set with the students rotating for 45 minutes.
The day concluded with a fun-filled game of Knockout.
As a thank you to the participants, the clinic sponsors will provide tickets to the OVC Basketball Tournament that will be held in Evansville, Feb. 28-March 3.