WASHINGTON, D.C. - Gallaudet University hosted a preseason boys' and girls' basketball clinic called "Hoop It Up Camp" this past Saturday, October 23. Over 50 deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing campers ages 6-14 attended the fun-filled day. Bison women's basketball head coach Kevin Cook and men's head coach Jeb Barber led the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Field House.
Current Bison basketball players from both teams participated in the event, as children from all over the country attended. A young boy from Michigan named Vino and his parents drove nearly 600 miles for the event.
"We enjoy opportunities to give back to the community, promote and help grow the game of basketball. The young campers were enthusiastic and had a fun time," said Cook. "The Gallaudet men's and women's basketball athletes did a fantastic job working with the youth. It was a special day!"
With the clinic's success, Coach Barber noted that he would like to organize another event once the season is complete.
"This was a great opportunity for the basketball family to give back to the community and really bridge the gap to Gallaudet basketball players of the future. Our teams really enjoyed their time with the campers," said Barber.
The women's basketball season begins with a scrimmage at the University of Maryland on Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in College Park, Md. The men's team opens up its season on November 19 against Wilkes University in Allentown, Pa., at the Scotty Wood Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg College.