By Mr. Robert H Mcelroy (IMCOM)August 20, 2010
BRUSSELS, Belgium - News Release Basketball conducted a free basketball clinic for 24 kids at the U.S. Army Garrison Brussels Community Fitness Center, Sterrebeek Annex Aug. 9-12.
News Release Basketball is a team of American male and female collegiate basketball players that has toured Europe since 1973. In addition to providing free basketball clinics for youth ages 10 to 18, they are a Christian ministry. This is their second-consecutive clinic at Brussels.
USAG Brussels Child, Youth and School Services and Club Beyond, from the Brussels Chapel partnered to bring the team here.
The News Release team that visited Brussels is composed of nine current and former female basketball players from colleges in California, North Dakota, Missouri, Colorado and more, according to Cheryl Fielitz-Scarborough, who led the clinic. There was also one player from the Men's Team.
"All of them love basketball," Fielitz-Scarborough said. "They help the kids improve their skills and they talk about ethics and character too. We also use basketball as a tool to share the Gospel."
Fielitz-Scarborough is the Associate Director and Women's Team Director of News Release. She played basketball at Malone College in Canton, Ohio and has coached college basketball for 18 years.
In addition to running the basketball clinics, News Release plays games against local club teams, Fielitz-Scarborough said. They recently played two games in Germany and two in Belgium.
During the Brussels clinic News Release ran several drills and practices designed to teach the kids new skills and sharpen those they already have whether in ball handling, passing or shooting.
Raquel Crepeau participated in this year's camp and enjoyed it.
"It was good especially for kids who want to play basketball and get better," Crepeau said. "The college players were really nice. They taught more than just the basics; when we made a mistake showed us how to improve."
One of the News Release players who taught in the clinic, Randi Henderson, is a 2010 graduate Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. She played on the women's varsity basketball team there.
Henderson said she has coached basketball since she was a sophomore in high school. This is her first time coaching with News Release and she's loved it.
"It's amazing, we get to reach out to kids in ways we wouldn't be able to in the States," Henderson said.
Henderson said she definitely wants to coach with News Release again.
"This has been a life-changing experience, it's happiness," Henderson said. "You'll always remember how happy you made the kids and how happy you are in return."