For the past 20 years on Martin Luther King Day, members of the Staples’ boys and girls basketball teams have spent their day off at school, teaching youth athletes how to play basketball.
According to Athletic Director Marty Lisevick, the clinic has been taking place for more than 20 years and was already in full swing when Lisevick starting working at Staples. Lisevick cites the Haberstroh family as the ones who originally ran the clinic.
The annual clinics were started to raise money for the basketball programs, which benefits underclass athletes and the youth athletes who will eventually become part of the program. However, it is the high school and youth athletes that benefit the most from participating in the clinic.
Lisevick believes the connection between the high school and youth athletes is the most important aspect of the clinic. “With about 150 kids involved I think it is a great vehicle to build the bridge between our program and the youth basketball teams in Westport,” Lisevick said. “I know our kids look forward to being the role models for our future stars!”