MOUNT PLEASANT — One of the priorities first-year head coach Keno Davis stressed at his introductory press conference this spring was to not only represent Central Michigan well on the court, but off the court, as well.
His men’s basketball players are following through with that sentiment, as the team went out into the community and hosted two free basketball clinics throughout the day Wednesday as part of the Central Athletes Reaching Everyone program.
Members of the team played basketball with local children at the Central Michigan District Health Department’s Health Fair in the afternoon, while the rest of the team hosted a youth basketball clinic at McGuirk Arena as part of the North American Indigenous Summer Enrichment Camp.
"We all need to do our part in helping our community," Davis said. "We're teaching our student - athletes the importance of becoming strong leaders who place an emphasis on helping others."
During the evening session, the Chippewas spent time talking to the high-school-aged group of 30 about their own high school experiences, the importance of academics to success in life, and the life of a college student-athlete. The group then split up to work on different basketball drills and competitions, facilitated by the players.
Earlier in the afternoon, a group of Chippewas played basketball with primarily elementary and middle school children at the Central Michigan District Health Department as part of its Family Health Fair. The players organized games, gave the young players advice and promoted physical activity at the event. Former Chippewa center Andre Coimbra, who is serving as an intern for the department, assisted in coordinating the event.“It feels great to be able to give back to our community, because we’re so blessed as student-athletes,” sophomore Austin Keel said.