Lakers Visit Local High Schools

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To help local high schools kick off their Active Alliance program, the Lakers Youth Foundation recently hosted a series of guest speakers and clinics designed to encourage students to lead more healthy and active lifestyles and introduce them to careers in sports.

On December 12th, students at Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center and Roosevelt High School received a visit from Lakers Legends Michael Cooper and Norman Nixon. The former teammates shared with students their experiences growing up and how they balanced being a student-athlete. Both men reflected how parents and mentors helped them prioritize being a student first and athlete second, and shared invaluable lessons that helped them succeed in life. For Michael, it was his 5 D’s that helped guide him: Determination, Dedication, Desire, Discipline and Decision-making.

Kids look on and listen to instructions and advice given to them by Lakers Legends at Youth Camps.

A few days later on December 16th, students from Cabrillo High School, Long Beach Polytechnic and Valley High School had the opportunity to meet Lakers Legends Robert Horry and Michael Cooper and hear firsthand about their education, experiences and transition into successful careers off the court. Both attributed their long NBA careers to taking excellent care of their bodies through proper nutrition, exercise and conditioning. Robert shared with students a simple quote consisting of ten two-letter words that he often refers to for motivation: If it is to be, it is up to me.

Robert Horry talks to students of Long Beach Polytechnic and Valley High School about education, and life experiences on and off the court.

Students also heard from Lakers staff about career opportunities in professional sports and from a certified athletic trainer with the West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation, an organization that provides on-site medical care for high school athletic programs and offers a free mentoring program for students interested in sports medicine.

Ball handling skills are important, and while you can't dribble two basketballs at once during a game, this drill helps to improve your overall hand-eye coordination.

After having a chance to ask questions, the students participated in a 90 minute basketball and fitness clinic, engaging in a series of activities and stations designed to build their endurance, increase their strength and develop their fitness. The students had a fun time working out with the Lakers Youth Foundation coaches and Laker greats!

Kids run through the ladder drill, which is used to increase agility and footwork in athletes of all ages.
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