Thanks for supporting basketball clinic

On July 12 and 13, I hosted the second annual Wells Basketball Clinic at the Community Hall. We had a total of 57 boys and girls from grades three through nine. In the two days the kids went through fundamental stations, offense and defense, and competed in five-on-five games and other contests.

There is a lot of time and planning that goes into running a clinic. I am extremely grateful to be surrounded by such great people to make this so successful. Returning again this year, European professional Harley Fuller, former England professional Jon Goodemote and Charlie Orr were on hand. We were able to add to our staff this year with former Germany professional E.J. Gallup, former D1 Siena sharpshooter Mike Beers, former SCCC Jared Stanton and former Oswego player Adam Clute.

I want to personally thank all these coaches for your time and dedication and doing a great job. On Saturday, former owner/founder of the Dallas Mavericks, Norm Sonju, addressed the kids with an uplifting speech about basketball, life and working hard to obtain your goals. On Sunday, New York state Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Zullo came by and did a 30-minute demonstration on basketball offense for the kids. I couldn’t possibly put into words how grateful I feel to have these two highly respected gentlemen come to our clinic, so thanks to both of you for your time and compassion for our youth.

All of our proceeds go to improving Wells youth basketball. I want to thank the following businesses and people who donated this year: George “Buzz” Kibler, Sunrise Diner, Donuts and More, Alicia Miller Real Estate, Lakeside General Store, Wells Ambulance Corps, Wells Fire Company, Sieverts, Kingsboro Lumber, Melody Lodge, Pro Care, Roy Grisinwaite and Beth Hunt. I would also like to thank Chris Atty, Tommy Jones, Mike Kulkbrenner and Nick Mauro for all your help, and to the town of Wells for allowing us use of the community hall.

I’m looking forward to next year and improving and growing with our clinic. Hope to see you all back next year.

SHAWN TAYLOR

Wells