EVANSVILLE, IND. --- Tennessee State women’s basketball Head Coach Jessica Kern, student-athlete Tia Wooten and TSU men’s basketball Head Coach Brian “Penny” Collins spent Monday afternoon volunteering at the Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Youth Clinic at Downtown Evansville YMCA.
The three joined various coaches and student-athletes from across OVC basketball to run a clinic for children from the Evansville area.
The clinic included stations that focused on the fundamentals of basketball. The coaches also spoke to the group about the importance of sportsmanship and good behavior.
OVC Basketball Media Day is scheduled for tomorrow in Evansville.
TSU HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH JESSICA KERN
“We’re only as good as the community that we serve. Being that this is the second year for the tournament in Evansville, being active in this city is very important. Most of us, at one time or another, were YMCA/Boys and Girls Club kind of kids and it’s really important for young people to have goals they can aspire to. Giving back and serving is a huge part of what we do and we’re very honored to be a part of the event.”
TSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SENIOR TIA WOOTEN
“We had a great time with the kids today. It’s always great to get out and show your face and interact with people in the community. In the long run, you know that you have someone to support you when we come back in March.”
TSU HEAD MEN’S BASKETBALL COACH BRIAN “PENNY” COLLINS
“The opportunity to work with kids gives us a chance to, first of all, see TSU and see our brand. We want to show them some love. We want to show them support and just be a walking motivator for those kids. Hopefully they will come back and see us in March in the OVC Tournament.”