Then we headed outside to the basketball court and met the other youngsters. Everyone (USA players and youngsters) was shy at first. Team USA was wonderful - despite their comfort level they started introducing themselves to the kids and asking them to shoot baskets.
At the one end of the court the littlest ones were attempting to make baskets and enjoyed getting lifted up for dunks. One asked if they could keep Beejay as a "toy"!
|Beejay with the little ones.|
Coach Showalter got everyone involved with some dribbling & passing drills. Shooting contests among teams of USA players/youngsters finished up the visit.
|Conner, Joel, Dekari, and Stanley having a great time!|
|Now for the shooting drills.|
|Coach Showalter getting the youngsters organized.|
The local media was there to document our visit.
|Beejay doing an interview.|
Among the older group was 1 girl - Claire. We all fell in love with this adorable eight year old! She was shooting, rebounding, and participating along with our tall USA Team. When we were ready to go we were told that Claire said "Everyone knows my name. I am famous!"
|Group photo before we said good-bye|
|Claire and Coach Showalter|
|Good-bye little ones! |
Did we bless their day? I certainly hope so. I know that this visit and these youngsters blessed mine!