Clippers Basketball Players Teaching Skills to Local Youth
The January 23rd issue of the Bangor Daily News featured an article on an Addison couple who started a local youth sports program. Members of the UMM Clippers basketball teams are lending a hand to teach the children basketball skills.
Addison couple shares dedication to kids' sports
HARRINGTON, Maine — Sunday was yet another nail-biting, grab-me-another-beer-will-ya- hun? Patriots’ playoff afternoon sort of day.
For the New England nation of Patriot football faithful, Sunday’s game boiled down to watching angelic Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady versus demonic Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker Ray Lewis in a brief moment in sports history that would determine which team is headed to this year’s Super-Bowl.
While many Down East families were busy Sunday afternoon getting nachos, hot wings, microwave popcorn and deep-dish pizzas ready to park in front of the kids and the big screen TV for the big playoff game, other families opted instead to gather at Narraguagas High School’s gymnasium in Harrington to watch their kids get some calories-free basketball exercise with the help of University of Maine-Machias basketball players.
Now married for nine years and the parents of Brantley, 8, and Brayden, 4, Mindy and Dan Kane share a life-long love affair with athletics. She played basketball in college and husband Dan played both baseball and basketball in high school. Now 41 and 36, respectively, Mindy and Dan share their enthusiasm for athletics with, at last count, the 81 K-5 students from Addison, Cherryfield, Columbia, Columbia Falls, Harrington and Milbridge who are now enrolled in their grass-roots children’s intramural program.
Their program includes not only winter-months basketball, but fair-weather soccer. As it did on Sunday, the basketball program enjoys the support of the University of Maine-Machias men’s and women’s basketball trams, with UMM players showing up to work with the kids on dribbling, passing, shooting and other basic skills. There’s even a “Little Dribblers” program that performs its ball-handling skills at halftimes of UMM basketball games.
“It’s great to have college-level players involved,” says Mindy. “After the drills they do with the kids, they’ll often put on a shooting and passing exhibition, and the kids think they are watching the NBA.”