Visiting College Team Gives Free Basketball Clinic at CAHS

Dec. 29, 2007 — Members of Alvernia College's women's basketball team gave something back to the St. Thomas community Saturday, holding a free early-morning clinic at the Charlotte Amalie High School gym.
Taking full advantage of the opportunity to practice with a Division III basketball team, members of the CAHS Lady Hawks ran drills and learned new moves from the Alvernia players. Alvernia Coach Kevin Calabria, along with staff and team members, gave the girls some one-on-one training, and matched them up in various competitions throughout the practice.
The team decided to host the clinic before coming to the Virgin Islands to participate in a weekend tournament.
"We had the opportunity to come and share some of the gifts that have been given to my girls with the team from Charlotte Amalie — that's one of the reasons why we're here," Calabria said after the practice. "We just wanted to be with some of the people from this island, and show them that we care about them. My players had the idea to do this clinic, because at Alvernia, one of the biggest parts of our college is community service."
While his team has spent some time enjoying the island, Calabria said, much of their attention has been focused on competing in this year's SunSational Hoops Classic, an annual event that gives Division III teams from across the mainland to come to the territory and show their skills.
Though the tournament itself is in its first year, Division III teams have been coming down since 2000 to play at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center, explained tournament organizer Yvonne Kauffman. Now that the UVI Lady Bucs have taken a year off to rebuild their women's basketball team, Chickenhawks athletic director Myron Corbett has helped move the event to CAHS, she added.
"I think now we're going to be able to build this into a prestigious Division III tournament," Kauffman said. "This is the beginning, and we're going to do it again next year. We're starting small and building."
"It's just a great experience," said Alvernia point guard Samantha Ward after Saturday's clinic. "If I could do this every day, I would."
The SunSational Hoops Classic kicks off at CAHS gym at 6 p.m. Saturday evening, with Cabrini College taking on St. Mary's College of Maryland. Alvernia will take on Kean University during the second game of the evening, which kicks off at 8 p.m.
The action continues on Sunday, with a consolation game at 6 p.m. and the championship game at 8 p.m.
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