4guysinblazers teamed up with the top four picks in the Siena Legends Game draft to hold the first ever 4guysinblazers Basketball Clinic. The hot weather was no deterrent to more than 40 children from the Schenectady and Rotterdam area who gathered on Wednesday at the Rotterdam Boys and Girls Club to participate. Through the generosity of primary sponsor, Martin, Harding and Mazzotti law firm, and host, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady, each child attended the four hour clinic at no cost, and left with a belly full of pizza and an event T-Shirt and basketball. In addition to the immediate benefit to the children, the event helped to raise more than $3600 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady.
The children, aged 8-12, many who come from disadvantaged circumstances were selected to attend based on interest, good behavior, and doing well in the classroom. They were treated to a day of drills, contests, and games designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of skill levels. Some children were participating in a clinic for the first time, while others were looking to bring their game to the next level. Drills focused on improving ball handling skills, passing, and shooting.
Jim Giammattei, Head Coach of the Scotia-Glenville Boys Varsity Basketball team, along with several of his varsity players, assisted in running the drills and interacting with participants throughout the day.
For many of the kids, the highlights of the day were being instructed by and interacting with some of the stars of the Siena Basketball program, all of whom have since found success on the professional level. Prosper Karangwa (’03), worked with children throughout the morning, giving tips and advice to children as they participated in drills. Several times he worked one on one with children looking for advice on specific skill sets like free throw shooting or ball handling.
The afternoon brought three more former Saints to the event, with Ryan Rossiter (’11), Ronald Moore (’10), and Kenny Hasbrouck (’09) stopping by to say hello and talk with the participants. The three Siena Legends spoke to the children about how hard work and persistence, not only in sports but also in school, can lead to great success in life and is critical in overcoming adversity. The children were especially impressed when Kenny Hasbrouck spoke about his time with the Miami Heat of the NBA. An impromptu autograph session broke out following the talk, with the children speaking in small groups with the players.
The day was a huge success, with the children leaving having had a fun day that we hope they will not soon forget. We would like to once again thank the Boys and Girls Club for hosting this event, and our sponsors the Martin, Harding and Mazzotti Law Firm, Walmart. Citizen’s Bank, and Anaconda Sports for their generous donations that made it all possible.