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2018 Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Week of Service
The 2017-18 season will see great things during the first week of January, when student-athletes across the country will participate in the inaugural Jesuit Basketball Spotlight Week of Service. We are grateful for the leadership of the athletic directors from D-II, D-III and NAIA Jesuit schools, who have spent the past year collaborating with each other to make this initiative possible.
SPRING HILL COLLEGE
On Friday, December 29, Spring Hill College's men's and women's basketball teams will hold free basketball clinics on campus (8:00 AM and 1:00 PM) for students who are members of local inner-city YMCA centers in Mobile, AL. Participants will attend a 2-hour skills clinic and then attend either the men's or women's team practice. An autograph session will be held in conjunction with each event. Participants will also hear from head coaches about the value of a Jesuit education and have the chance to ask questions. All participants, and their families, will be given free admission to the men's and women's basketball doubleheader on Saturday, December 30 at 2:00 PM (women) and 4:00 PM (men). Participants will be recognized during halftime of each game.
JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY
The John Carroll University (JCU) men's and women’s basketball programs will collaborate with St. Martin De Porres High School in Cleveland, OH to promote the Jesuit mission of the University. On Wednesday, January 3, the women's team will host a number of events for students, including a joint shoot-around and Q&A with the JCU coaches and players leading up to tipoff against Heidelberg for a matchup at 7:30 PM. The following Saturday, January 6, the men’s program will also hold a clinic for St. Martin De Porres students, and will invite them to join the team for their pregame Mass in the JCU chapel before their game versus Capital at 2:00 PM.
LE MOYNE COLLEGE
On Thursday, January 4 (12:00 PM to 1:30 PM), Le Moyne College will host two teams from the Central NY Unified Sports Basketball league, to play a league game featuring Le Moyne athletes serving as referees, assistant coaches, and scorers table assigners. Unified Sports is an international program within the World Special Olympics that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities. Le Moyne athletes will conduct skills drills programs during an extended half-time, and video in-game interviews with the players, much like in a professional basketball setting. The day will wrap up with a pizza party for the special-needs athletes and their families after the game. They will then be invited back to to a home game on Saturday, January 6, when they will be introduced at half time as special guests of Le Moyne. The video and interviews will be played on Le Moyne's video board to help fans learn more about Unified Sports and the events on January 4.
On Friday, January 5, the Rockhurst University men's and women's basketball teams will host a free basketball clinic for children from Kansas City, MO. It will include photos and autograph sessions with both teams. The following day (Saturday, January 6), all participants will be invited back to campus to attend the women's game at 1:00 PM and the men's game at 3:00 PM.
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS
On Friday, January 5, Loyola University New Orleans will host 30 students from The Good Shepherd School for an afternoon clinic featuring Loyola's men's and women's basketball players. The Good Shepherd School (GSS) was founded by Rev. Harry Tompson, S.J., the former pastor of Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in New Orleans. In the Jesuit tradition, GSS seeks to help low-income, urban youth in order to realize their fullest potential as productive members of society by providing them with an extended-day, year-round, quality education, integrated with personal, moral and spiritual development.
UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
The University of Scranton's men’s and women’s basketball teams will be conducting a free basketball clinic and autograph session in conjunction with their doubleheader against Elizabethtown on Saturday, January 6. The clinic will be conducted in the morning while the autograph sessions will be conducted immediately following their respective games. The men are scheduled to tip-off at 2:00 PM while the women are slated for tip-off at 4:00 PM.