#ChantsInCuba: Day 6 -- Basketball Clinic No. 2
VARADERO, Cuba - The Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team spent their sixth day in Cuba conducting a children's basketball clinic for the youth of the Mantazas and enjoying the Melia Varadero resort.
The clinic, which was held at an outdoor multi-sport complex with rims well over 13-feet high (not even Badou Diagne could dunk on them ... he tried, but had to settle for a layup) opened with head coach Cliff Ellis addressing the area youth players on basketball fundamentals along with the importance of teamwork and communication on the basketball court. The Coastal student-athletes then split the youth into two groups and went through shooting, passing and dribbling drills.
The end of the clinic featured a full-court five-on-five game with Coastal players playing against the older Cuban children. Despite the Chants' size advantage, the Cuban children pulled off the victory in the very friendly game based on their proven ability to shoot on the supersized baskets.
In addition to the basketball action on the court, Shivaughn Wiggins, Elijah Wilson and Ron Trapps broke away and played baseball with young children that were not participating in the clinic. The baseball games featured a tennis ball, a water bottle for a bat and the players' shoes for bases. One child went home to retrieve a small baseball bat and promptly tagged Trapps for a two-run opposite-field home run. All participants cheered wildly and Trapps was immediately replaced on the bump by Wiggins.
Following the clinic the Chanticleers distributed basketballs and clothing items to the children. Numerous student-athletes also donated articles of clothing they were wearing, including Tristian Curtis giving a teenage player the shoes off his feet.
Below is Wiggins' view of the children's clinic.
Today the team went to an outdoor court where we held a clinic for the local children. The clinic went well and the kids enjoyed the drills we put them through. At the end of the clinic we played a five minute game versus the kids, which was really fun.
Ron, Elijah, and I decided to go play baseball with the kids that were not part of the basketball clinic. Trapps, who is a former pitcher for Lancaster High School, threw a pitch that was blasted by one of the kids.
When we got back to the resort we went kayaking as a team since it was something that most of us had never done.
This experience has been very humbling because it made me realize how less fortunate some people are compared to myself and my teammates. It has also taught me to be grateful for everything I have.
Thanks for reading and Go Chants.
The Chanticleers have now completed their foreign tour obligations and will have a well-deserved off day at the Melia Varadero resort on Thursday before embarking on the return trip Coastal Carolina University Friday.