The All-Army men’s basketball team hosted a youth basketball clinic at Abrams Physical Fitness Center Friday evening.
Nearly 50 Fort Hood kiddos attended the clinic, mostly elementary school aged.
While the All-Army team hosts its trial camp at the Great Place, community involvement is high on its priority list.
“I think it helps the program out, it brings notoriety to the program,” said All-Army head coach Capt. Carl Little. “And it’s all about giving back, just like any other program out there, collegiate or professional. You give back to the community that supports you.”
In a reverse from the team’s regular practices, the players acted as coaches for the clinic, teaching the young athletes the basics of dribbling, passing, ball handling and shooting.
“I think they did pretty good,” Little said of the players-turned-coaches. “A lot of them have kids, so working with smaller kids and groups, I think they had a pretty good time.”
Nine-year-old Camryn Jackson’s favorite sport is basketball.
“I like that we get to have fun and you get to work with people better,” he said.
He enjoyed learning from some of the Army’s best basketball players at the basketball clinic, he said.
“I think it was fun,” Jackson said. “I think they’re good.”
His favorite part was meeting new people, he added.
Many of the younger kids at the clinic were getting their first taste of the sport of basketball, while others had been lifelong fans of the game. Little said his goal was to create a positive impact an all the kids.
“I would hope they would learn the fundamentals that they can build on and some love for the game,” he said.
During the clinic, the kids rotated through various stations set up to teach different skills. The clinic wrapped up with a free-throw shooting contest where the winners received a new basketball autographed by the whole All-Army men’s basketball team.
While the clinic was open to the public, many of the participants were Army brats. Little said he hoped the experience gave the kids another perspective on the Army.
“I think it’s great because their parents are in the Army and they get to see another scope of the Army and what the Army has to offer,” he said. “And them being so impressionable at that age, you never know, you may have a future Soldier in there that may one day come and participate in this program.”