The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's basketball program continued its commitment to the local community on Tuesday afternoon when they took part in a free basketball clinic at the YMCA.
Members of the coaching staff and some Islander players took part in the two-hour program that hosted 80 kids from ages 7-12 as part of a program paid for by a grant from the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.
Head coach Robert Robinson was joined by assistant coaches Deb Roof, Geoff Grawn and Kim Dowell along with Islander players Jade Davis, Anitra Jeffery and Lauren Smith. Pizza State provided food while the players and coaches helped teach the kids basic basketball skills. In addition to the activities, the Islanders talked to the group of underprivileged kids about the importance of staying in school and getting an education.
"It's important for our kids to be out in the community and it is a great opportunity for them to be involved with some of the younger kids in Corpus Christi," said Robinson. "They talked to them about what it takes to be successful, such as staying in school and keeping up your grades.
"It's good for our kids too, they probably get just as much out of it as the kids they are coaching."
Following the event, the group stayed around to sign autographs for the kids and give away some basketballs as prizes. The children also received a t-shirt for taking part in the clinic.
The event is one of the many that the women's basketball program takes part in throughout the year. In addition to the free clinic, last year they participated in the YWCA Reading Rally for the 10th-straight year, as well as Conquer the Coast and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk.