While many find themselves at home more often than usual due to the recent increase in COVID-19 infections associated with the virus’ second wave, the Town of Hempstead and the Long Island Nets are partnering to provide young Hempstead Towners access to a free, virtual basketball clinic. The clinic will take place via Zoom on Sat., Jan. 30 from 12:15-1:15 p.m., and will provide young athletes with the opportunity to learn and practice basketball fundamentals from the comfort and safety of their homes.
“I am incredibly excited the Town of Hempstead is joining with the Long Island Nets to transform this key facet of the township’s recreation program to an at-home format,” said Supervisor Clavin. “Providing our younger residents the opportunity to stay active this winter while working on their athletic ability by improving key basketball skills in a safe and COVID-compliant manner is a great thing.”
The virtual session will be led by Long Island Nets Head Clinician Kelly Dempsey and HSS Sports Safety-trained clinicians. The free program is open to boys and girls ages 6-13 who are interested in learning tips and tricks to improve their skills at home without a basketball hoop.
“The Long Island Nets are proud to work alongside our partners in the Town of Hempstead to provide youth in the local community the opportunity to safely stay active and engaged during these unprecedented times,” said Alton Byrd, Vice President of Business Operations for the Long Island Nets.
Interested participants must RSVP by registering and completing the required waiver at the following link: https://longisland.gleague.nba.com/long-island-nets-basketball-academy/
Upon completion, registered participants will be provided the Zoom session login information. The deadline to register is 3:00pm on January 29. Aside from a basketball, no equipment is needed to participate in or complete the clinic drills.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the youth of our community to utilize their time learning great athletic skills while staying healthy,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am always grateful to partner with a locally-based organization such as the Long Island Nets and I am happy to see them giving back to our youngest neighbors.”
“The Town of Hempstead virtual basketball clinic organized in conjunction with the Long Island Nets is a great way for local youth to spend a Saturday afternoon learning some great skills – right from home,” said Councilman Bruce Blakeman.
“Grateful to have a community-oriented organization such as the Long Island Nets dedicated to bettering the lives of local youth,” said Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “This Town of Hempstead free virtual basketball clinic, operated in partnership with the Nets, is a great step in connecting younger residents with the opportunity to enhance their athletic ability from home.”
“This free Town of Hempstead virtual basketball clinic allows the youth of our township access to excellent Long Island Nets trainers who will give guidance on some great ways to improve their skills,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr.
“This collaborative effort between the Town of Hempstead and Long Island Nets to deliver this free virtual basketball training session is a prime example of the way our town is working to adapt to the changes to recreational offerings caused by the spread of COVID-19,” said Councilman Thomas Muscarella.
“I encourage all Hempstead Town youth with an interest in athletics to participate in this free virtual Town of Hempstead basketball clinic hosted in partnership with the Long Island Nets,” said Councilman Christopher Carini. “This is a great opportunity to work on your dribble and maybe even learn a trick or two from the comfort and safety of home.”
“If you are a youth resident of the Town of Hempstead and interested in spending an afternoon improving your basketball skills for free with members of the Long Island Nets training staff, I invite you to participate in this free virtual clinic being held via Zoom on Saturday, January 30 from 12:15 to 1:15pm,” concluded Supervisor Clavin.