Hoops for Troops

From our friend Joe Meade:

Joe Meade, Northeast Regional College Scout for the NBA’s Utah Jazz hosted the First Annual Hoops for the Troops Basketball Clinic at the Parsons Gym in Milford.

Meade is a professor in the Sport Management department at Post University in Waterbury and a former high school and college basketball coach.  He is also the Director of Hoopskills basketball iphoto (249)nstruction.

The free clinic was held on Wednesday, July 3 from 6:30-8:30 pm. Participants were asked to bring a donation of dried foods or toiletries that will be sent to soldiers serving overseas.  The first time event attracted about 40 hoopsters age 7-18 who participated in skill drills and contests for fun and prizes.  The kids also took time out to write thank you letters to the soldiers as part of the program.

The event was sponsored by Modell’s, who supplied Meade with gifts and discount coupons for all the participants.  Ron Bartone owner of City Stitchers donated 20 hoops for the Troops T-shirts and many of Meade’s coaching friends donated gear from their respective schools. The Utah Jazz complimented the array of prizes with headbands, hats, team calendars, bags and folders.

The event organizers collected three large boxes of donations and $125.00 in cash.  Soldier Socks, a local not for profit organization, has agreed to help ship the donations overseas directly to the troops. “I am amazed by the generosity and willingness of the people of Milford and the surrounding towns, who stepped up to lend a hand.  It is my hope that we can do this every year and watch it get bigger and even better.” Meade stated.

Hoopskills Basketball Instruction will be holding weekly skills clinics for boys and girls age 10-16 every Wednesday night from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Parsons Gym at 70 West River Street, Milford, Ct 06460. For more information contact Joe Meade @ jmeade2873@aol.com or “Like” Hoopskills Basketball Instruction on Facebook.

Frank Juliano