“You can’t live a perfect day unless you do something for someone who can never repay you; today we took a step toward perfection.”

This was the quote on the Lincoln Southwest High School (LSW) girls basketball Twitter account summing up their experience at the Dec. 12 clinic for Norwood Park Elementary School basketball club members. Club members are part of the school's Community Learning Center.

The goals of the clinic are to expose participants to various basketball fundamentals, establish relationships, learn teamwork, and have fun.

 “This was an awesome experience for our kiddos. They were so excited to have real live players who get to participate on the biggest of stages they aspire to be on some day,” said Dana Berger, Norwood Park CLC coordinator.

Following snack, LSW players led Norwood Park scholars into the gym via a human tunnel walk. Coaches and players introduced themselves, showcasing their game-day introductory handshake. The scholars were taken through the team’s pre-game warmup routine and then received instruction from LSW coaches and players on basketball fundamentals including triple-threat position, defense, dribbling, shooting, and footwork. This was followed by a uniform relay, making jersey cookies, and a question and answer session which included the following questions:

 “What is your favorite class in school?”

“What is the first team you ever played against?”

“Where did you learn so much about basketball?”

 During an autograph and picture session, LSW players became celebrities, signing winter programs and taking selfies with their new fans.

 “This was so much fun. It makes you reflect back on why you started playing, and it really has nothing to do with the final score of your last game. They don’t know or really care how many baskets you made last weekend or if you won a state championship; they simply were excited to have me there and that was pretty cool,” said Taytem Coleman, a senior LSW player.

“Each year it keeps getting better and better, and I think our team looks forward to it just as much if not more than the Norwood Park kids. Our team motto is 'Better Together,' and today I’d say we took a big step towards perfecting that,” said Kevin Schrad, LSW varsity assistant coach.

The basketball experience will culminate Jan. 10, 2018, with the ninth annual Roadrunner Classic - a friendly game between Norwood Park fourth- and fifth-grade CLC basketball club members and area youth basketball organizations

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