The Garapan Community Development Center is offering free after-school youth basketball clinics for interested players ages 6 to 18 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm at the Garapan Basketball Court.
The clinics will run through Feb. 27 and aim to teach aspiring players basic rules and fundamentals of the game, build their skills, and provide basic physical education to players as well.
Players will take part in shooting, dribbling, passing, and defensive drills and learn about the various rules and violations of the game.
They will also learn proper warm-up techniques such as stretching and cardio exercises to help improve the players conditioning, strength, and speed.
GCDC's Joe Diaz, also head man of the Rollers Basketball Club, will be conducting the clinic with help from RBC's Rainer Deleon Guerrero and Freddie Litulumar as well as support from Roger Valencia and other parents.
“The GCDC is putting on the clinics as a way to offer the inner-city youths a healthy, positive and constructive outlet in the afternoons after school,” said Diaz during Monday's opening session, which was designated to youth living in Garapan.
Diaz also extended his appreciation to Rep. Felicidad Ogumoro (R-Saipan) for sponsoring the cause.
In addition to Garapan, youths from China Town, Sadog Tasi, Gualo Rai, San Jose, Oleai, Chalan Kiya, Chalan Laulau, and Navy Hill are also being included in the upcoming sessions.
Today's clinic is being offered to interested participants living in China Town and Sadog Tasi.
The Garapan and China Twon/Sadog Tasi sessions will continue through next week with Gualo Rai and Navy Hill sessions scheduled for the following Mondays, Feb. 18 and 25.
San Jose, Oleai, Chalan Kiya, and Chalan Laulau sessions are designated on two succeeding Wednesdays, Feb. 20 and 27.
Notably, though the sessions are technically designated by village of residence, players will not be turned away if they show up.
About 20 players participated in Monday's opening session and the GCDC is hoping for a larger turnout for future gatherings.
For more information, contact GCDC at 233-8978.