Men's Basketball Participates In Youth Clinic In Indianapolis
June 23, 2010
Indianapolis, Indiana - More than 30 players, coaches and administrators associated with the men's basketball program at Indiana University interacted with 170 youngsters who participate in a basketball league that also emphasizes special life lessons which isput on by the Indianapolis Parks and Recreation at Municipal Gardens, Tuesday evening.
"Everyone is in control of their attitude," said IU coach Tom Crean as he addressed the audience. "What you do with it is what you are going to do with your life. You get two choice in every decision, you can choose to be negative or you can choose to be positive."
The squad was broken up into two groups. Downstairs, players ran six stations of drills and interacted with the campers. Upstairs, the remaining members of the team talked about how basketball can play an important role in teaching life lessons.
"These are the type of things we talk about each week in our program," said Willie Gupton who manages Municipal Gardens. "But when it comes from a coach the stature of Tom Crean, these kids really take notice. This is a wonderful thing he and his players are doing today."
For IU, this outreach is one of the largest that Crean and his players have undertaken as they enter their third summer in Bloomington.
"We finally have an opportunity to have our legs under us a little bit to really be able to branch out and do things that we would want to do in a normal situation," Crean added. "It's getting more and more normal for us at Indiana, so we want to be able to really do things that, not motivate, but inspire young people and at the same time, really provide some things for our people to see that they have a real responsibility to give back."
Coach Crean became aware of the Municipal Gardens program thanks to a feature story he and his wife saw one Friday night on WRTV-6 in Indianapolis. Each camper received an Adidas bag, t-shirt and water bottle and an IU Athletics notebook.
"I am glad we were able to do this," said sophomore Maurice Creek. "It is nice to meet new people and make new friends and this was a great visit for us and it gave our team a chance to bond as well."
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