MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2008
Women’s basketball hosts annual clinic with Hendricks Avenue Community Athletic Association
Junior forward Desarae Johnson shows a young camper how to place her hands on the basketball when attempting a shot.
Junior forward Desarae Johnson shows a young camper how to place her hands on the basketball when attempting a shot.
The JU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has established a reputation as a strong supporter of the local community and this year continues to be no different as the JU women’s basketball team hosted its third annual hoops clinic with the Hendricks Avenue Community Athletic Association over the weekend.

"The clinic is just a way for us to give back to the community and the city of Jacksonville,” said JU head coach Jill Dunn. “We like to get involved in the community as much as we can. This gives our players an opportunity to work with younger children and teach them some of the skills and fundamentals that they have learned playing basketball."

For the third straight year, the Dolphins volunteered an hour of their time to teach the fundamentals of basketball and new practice drills for 50 kids ranging from 6-15 years old. Hendricks Avenue Church provided the facility and organized the participants for the clinic.

“It was very exciting to see the kids thrilled to participate in our clinic,” said junior center Danielle Gray, who is also the NCAA Division I SAAC Representative for the Atlantic Sun Conference. “It brought me back to the time I first fell in love with basketball. To give back to the community is always a humbling experience for us.”

To kick off the fall academic semester at JU, the Dolphins participated in the First Coast Heart Walk by loading trucks with water to give to the participants, loaded ice bags and were in charge of directing traffic for parking at Jacksonville Memorial Stadium.

Over the past three years, the JU SAAC has become a fixture in Jacksonville as JU Athletics continues its commitment to change lives inside and out. JU works with Daniel Memorial, Florida’s oldest child-serving agency that assists troubled youth and their families. The Dolphins are also involved with the foundation’s annual back-to-school supply drive for children desperately in need of basic school items as the new school year arrives.

Other Dolphin sports to participate in events this fall have been baseball and softball (Daniel Memorial Rock N’ Ride), baseball (Trinity Rescue Mission), volleyball (Dig Pink) and rowing (5th annual Row for the Cure Jacksonville).