Tulsa Players Help KIPP Preparatory Students Get '66ers Fit'

TULSA, Okla., December 13, 2012 – The Tulsa 66ers hosted a 66ers Fit Clinic at KIPP Tulsa College Preparatory on Wednesday afternoon. Tulsa players Rodney Bartholomew, Travis Hyman, Andy Rautins and Hollis Thompson helped lead the hour-long clinic that focused on staying in shape, exercise routines and basketball skills.

Player-led stations included jump rope and cardio workouts, core and strength exercises, dribbling skills and a lay-up line.

Following the fitness portion of the event, the players had a question-and-answer time with the middle school students, taking questions on topics that ranged from the importance of being coachable to balancing school work and basketball.

William Coleman, KIPP’s physical education teacher and basketball coach, expressed the impact that having the 66ers in the school meant for the students.

“It’s really great to have the 66ers here,” said Coleman. “One of the things we preach here at KIPP is ‘to and through college.’ With these guys having gone to college and becoming professional players, doing the things that they love, it shows these kids that they have a chance in life.”

After the clinic had ended, the players stuck around and talked with students, signing autographs and showing off some of their basketball skills.

KIPP Tulsa is part of the Knowledge Is Power Program - a national network of tuition-free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools seeking to prepare students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

Wednesday’s event is one of many opportunities the 66ers take advantage of to embrace their role in the Tulsa community and give back to others. For more information on the 66ers’ commitment to the community, click here.