BY BRANDON GUBITOSA
Does your kid like basketball? Does he or she want to be an all star, or even just improve their skills? Then the Harlem Globetrotters summer clinic is something they probably won’t want to miss. This rare opportunity to train with Globetrotter stars is coming to Nanuet from July 31 through August 3 at 24 Hour Fitness Nanuet Super Sport.
The clinic will be coached by Globetrotter Sweet J Ekworomadu and her teammates, who will teach kids the same tricks and moves they perform in games. “Not only are we giving them our tricks, not only are they having a good fun unique time, they are also building on their character and making sure that they are being positive people outside of basketball,” Globetrotter Sweet J told the Rockland County Times.
Sweet J is the 12th female basketball player in the 88th year history of the Globetrotters and is finishing up her first season as a member of the Globetrotters. “Being the 12th female to ever come through the Globetrotters is a unique feeling” said Sweet J. “I have a lot of women who come up to me after games, and they feel like it’s such an amazing thing because it is such a male dominated industry.”
The first female to join the Globetrotters was Lynette Woodard back in 1985, who has helped paved the way for Sweet J and her two fellow female teammates TNT Maddox and T-Time Brawner. “I look up to her, because I know back then in those time it was really rare to see that happen,” Sweet J said.
The clinics are aimed toward boys and girls age 6-12 of all skill levels. At the clinics kids will learn the fundamentals of basketball such as passing, dribbling and shooting. They will also get the chance to perform the Globetrotters famous magic circle routine where players have the chance to show off their moves before the game.
In addition to spending two fun hours with the Globetrotters, participants will also leave with an official clinic certificate, personalized nickname and ticket voucher to the Globetrotters’ 2015 North American Tour (valued up to $40). Kids will also have the chance to have a photograph and autograph session at the end of the clinic.
Each day of the clinic consists of three separate two hour sessions 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.; and 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The registration price is $69 per two hour session, and you can register at www.harlemglobetrotters.com/clinics. 24 Hour Fitness Nanuet Super Sport is located at 5205 Fashion Drive, Nanuet, NY 10954.