Bent Tree and Texas Legends Host Basketball Clinic for Kids

Local church and Mavs’ D-league team up for free community event

CARROLLTON, Texas, Aug. 9, 2011 – Bent Tree, a non-denominational church in Carrollton, Texas, is hosting the Texas Legends Basketball Clinic on the second Saturday in each month August through October from 10 a.m. until noon. During each clinic, participants will have the opportunity to work with some of the best up-and-coming players under the leadership of the Texas Legends, the development league team for the 2011 National Championship Dallas Mavericks.

The basketball clinic is free for children of all ages and will feature several Texas Legend Team members. Registration is required and limited to the first 100 participants. Open registration for the first clinic on Aug. 13 ends Aug. 10. Those interested can sign up for the clinic here. Attendees will be separated by skill level to maximize the experience.

“This is an incredible event, especially in light of the Dallas Mavericks recent championship,” said Senior Pastor Pete Briscoe from Bent Tree. “We are looking forward to engaging the community by extending the invitation to all children to come and be a part of this unique experience.”

Each clinic will be unique with the last one, scheduled for Oct. 8, featuring some well-known basketball legends for a Q&A session and breakfast prior to the 10 a.m. start time. Scheduled to attend is Donnie Nelson, general manager and president of basketball operations for the Dallas Mavericks and son of Don Nelson, head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

For registration questions, please contact Jennifer Destefano at

The Texas Legends are based in Frisco and employ many iconic basketball names such as Harris, Webb and Nancy Lieberman, the pioneer who served as the first NBA-affiliated female coach in men's basketball history during the team's successful inaugural season of 2010-11.

Bent Tree is an interdenominational church located in the Carrollton, Texas. What began as a mini-church of 15 families in 1975, expanded several times before its current location on International Parkway in 1997. Bent Tree regularly partners in local community outreach and continues to support missionaries both domestically and through a broad international presence. For more information, visit