Free basketball clinics in Sharpsburg attract a crowd
Each Thursday night, 20 to 25 local children run basketball drills to improve their game at Linden Gym in Sharpsburg.
The basketball clinics started in early May.
Greg Domian, a Sharpsburg councilman and former basketball coach at North Catholic High School, said most of the participants are in fifth through 11th grades.
When they first arrived, many didn't expect there would be structure to the free program.
“They thought it was just going to be an open gym where they run around and do whatever they wanted to do,” Domian said.
Each week, though, the group has picked up new skills and seen improvements.
Domian said the program also keeps children off the streets and gives them a structured place to go each week.
Virgil Luster, a ninth-grade student, said he wants to make the Fox Chapel Area High School basketball team next year. His favorite part of the clinics has been learning new skills such as ball handling.
“It's a coach thing. It teaches you stuff,” Luster said.
Domian coaches along with Rich Lane, a local coach, and fellow councilman Matthew Rudzki. The program is open to players throughout the area.
Most participants previously played together on the borough's basketball courts near Kennedy Park.
Fox Chapel Area fifth-grader Tyler Popovich and seventh-grader Ethan Self both heard about the program from other children at Kennedy Park in Sharpsburg.
“I decided since everyone was doing it, so why not try it out,” Self said.
Steve Allen of Blawnox, whose son David Allen plays at the gym, said it was a good way to keep children out of trouble. He hopes to see more programs like this in the area.
“More community stuff would be great. It doesn't have to be sports,” Allen said.
Domian plans to keep the clinics going at the gym, which the borough owns, even as baseball season begins to pick up.
“We're going to keep it going until I come down here some Thursday and there's nobody here,” Domian said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Aspinwall Catholic school enrollment grows; technology advances
- ‘I Heart Blawnox’ ministry aimed to rally community
- Turning off some lights could save cash in Blawnox
- Shady Side Academy returns to 7-day boarding
- Upgrades in store for Fox Chapel Area students
- Fox Chapel grad brings Class of ‘90 back together
- Blawnox zoning change would allow riverfront trails in future development
- More bridge work detours Indiana Twp. drivers
- Reading with a buddy a joy for O’hara woman