KEENE, N.H. – The Keene State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has partnered with the Keene Parks and Recreation Department to lead a six-week K-1 youth basketball program.
Beginning in early January, Keene State SAAC members and representatives from each Keene State team will help the K-1 youth basketball kids by teaching drills and leading stations throughout each session. The overall goals of the program are to create a positive environment, reinforce teamwork and emphasize developing skills that can translate across multiple sports.
"The partnership that our SAAC has developed with Keene Parks and Recreation youth sports is really important," stated Carrah Fisk Hennessey '99, Head Softball Coach and SAAC Advisor. "Being able to give back to our community by coaching kids is fantastic, and I really think that our KSC Coaches and teams have just as much fun as the kids do!"
The first session occurred on January 6th with the help of the Keene State coaches, Athletic Director Dr. Kristene Kelly, and members of the track and field team. The program will continue for every Saturday until February 10th, with different Keene State teams helping each sessions, including women's and men's basketball, women's and men's lacrosse, women's and men's soccer, softball, baseball, field hockey and volleyball.
"The clinic was a great experience! All the kids were super enthusiastic and excited to be there which made our jobs really easy," said junior Taylor Bisaillon, a Keene State women's soccer and track and field student-athlete. "I think it's important for college athletes to get involved with events like this because it encourages kids to get active. They will also want to continue competing in sports which are not only fun, but help build character. All in all, the event was a lot of fun for both the kids and the volunteers!"
Keene State SAAC is also sponsoring a Keene State Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball Night on Tuesday, January 30th during the women's and men's basketball games in Spaulding Gymnasium. As a part of the event, kids can wear their jerseys to get in free with a parent and come onto the court to be recognized at half-time.
A photo gallery of the program can be found here.
The mission of the Keene State SAAC is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting athletic, academic, and social opportunities for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; fostering a positive student-athlete image; providing a forum for student-athletes throughout the campus, conference, and NCAA; encouraging the spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship, while maintaining the tenants of the NCAA Division III philosophy: DISCOVER, DEVELOP, DEDICATE.
More information on SAAC and its current events can be found here.