WolfPack men’s basketball involved in Kelly Olynyk Basketball Academy

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  Posted on: October 8, 2018

Derek Rhodes will be one of the players helping with the Kelly Olynyk Basketball Academy (AP Shutter)

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s basketball team is again involved in the operation of the Kelly Olynyk Basketball Academy.
The KOBA enters its third season in Kamloops.

“It’s a youth basketball program,” says WolfPack head coach Scott Clark. “ Youth basketball programs have existed before. There was a Steve Nash league in town but it ceased operation. We approached Kelly about using his name and receiving some sponsorship to provide opportunities for kids kindergarten through to Grade seven. They are being introduced to the game of basketball, receive some coaching on the fundamentals of the game, have some success, and get some game play each week. This is to augment what they might be doing in their elementary schools.”

“We would like to grow it,’ says Clark about what goals they have set for 2018-19. “ We have had some successful years. But the more kids out the better. We want them to fall in love with the game of basketball. Hopefully they will develop a passion for the game which will continue as they grow up.”

The program this year will be run by WolfPack assistant coach Brynden Swint along with some of the TRU players.

There will be sessions at the TRU Gym and the Tournament Capital Centre beginning October 20th . and 21st. There will be six sessions before Christmas and six after the holidays beginning January 12th. Both groups will wind up in mid February.

Kindergarten to grade three students will operate out of the TRU Gym on Sundays. They have only a one hour session starting at 9 am. Grade four through seven athletes will have their sessions on the North Court of the Tournament Capital Centre from 930am-11:30am on Saturdays.
Cost is $150.00. Youngsters receive a basketball to keep along with a jersey, and admission to all TRU basketball games. “There is a great value for the athletes and the parents,” Clark adds.

To register, contact coach Clark: sclark@tru.ca or stop by the WolfPack office at the Tournament Capital Centre.


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