Marreese Speights Visits Warriors Community Basketball Clinic On January 23
On January 23, the Golden State Warriors and Oracle held a community basketball clinic for youth from the Oakland Parks & Recreation at Oracle Arena, home of the Warriors. Warriors big man Marreese Speights joined Oracle volunteers and Warriors Youth Basketball staff in running the 40 kids, ages 7-14, through basketball skill stations and contests, as well as exciting games to keep the youth focused and engaged.
“It’s fun to spend time with these kids because I like to have fun with them, play games and impact their lives any way I can,” said Speights.
After meeting the 40 kids and taking photos with them and the volunteers, Speights held a Q&A, where he discussed when he fell in love with basketball, the best he advice he ever received from his mom, and shared words of wisdom for the aspiring basketball players in attendance.
“I think if you work hard at getting better and you’re a good teammate, everyone will want to play with you,” said Speights.
Led by Oracle employees who volunteered to participate in the clinic, the participants split up into passing, dribbling and shooting stations, as the 6’10 Speights threw passes to running children for layups.
“I wouldhave loved the opportunity to play basketball with an NBA player when I was ten years old, so to be here and to be a part of this is really special,” said Oracle employee Rich.
The students also enjoyed playing games of “Knock Out” and sideline basketball races around the Warriors home court.
“I had so much fun playing with my friends and, with Mo (Marreese Speights) here, this was probably the best experience I’ve ever had,” said 12 year old Aniyah.
After the event was over, the kids got together to thank Speights and the Oracle volunteers, then lined up to receive a Warriors goodie bag and boxed lunch, courtesy of Oracle. The children and their families were thankful for an experience they won’t soon forget.
“We are so happy to host this clinic with the Warriors because it is a wonderful way to touch the lives of the youth in our community and show that the Warriors and Oracle are about giving back,” said Oracle Marketing Manager Christina Barnes.