Los Angeles D-Fenders Host Basketball Clinic For NJB Walnut
The Los Angeles D-Fenders continued their Season of Giving as the players, coaches and staff hosted a basketball clinic for 100 NJB Walnut basketball players on December 18th. The two-hour clinic focused on teaching Kindergarteners through 8th graders fundamental offensive and defensive basketball skills.
“It is always important to give back to the community, especially to young kids during the holidays,” D-Fenders forward Jordan Brady said. “When I was little, meeting a basketball player was pretty inspirational to me. One of those kids is going to remember that for the rest of his life and it is going to fuel his dreams and stick with him.”
At the start of the event, the D-Fenders and NJB Walnut players stretched before dividing into teams. The kids were grouped by age and rotated among different stations that emphasized one-on-one play, rebounding, ball-handling and defense.
“I thought it was awesome,” Player Development Coach Larry Lewis said. “The kids had a good time so that was the best part about it. I thought our guys worked well with them and had fun.”
D-Fenders’ forward Terrence Roberts echoed Lewis’ thoughts before adding that “it was a good opportunity to teach.”
The event wrapped with a 10-minute “Question and Answer” session where the D-Fenders players and coaches talked a little more basketball. Toward the end of the Q&A, the youngsters wanted to see the leaping abilities that the D-Fenders have often displayed this season.
“All they wanted to see were dunks,” Roberts said with a smile. “They even made coach Larry dunk, which was really funny. We didn’t know he could even do that still.”
Lewis laughed when asked about his vintage jam, acknowledging that “we had a few dunks at the end of the clinic. That was pretty fun.”