Top 31 Moments in the UP! #29 – Little Dribblers star on the basketball court

little dribHey Sports Fans! Sorry for the delay on the countdown, I have been traveling the country by plane and by car exploring new places and new lifestyles as I went to Lafayette, Louisiana to visit my brother in doctorate school. So let’s keep the countdown going and start with number 29 about the NMU Littler Dribblers camp on April 16, 2013.

Every year, the NMU Women’s Basketball puts on a Little Dribblers camp to teach the fundamentals of basketball to young children. This two day events is really cool for youngsters to go to the PEIF on NMU’s campus and show off their basketball talent with the women’s team.

What I loved so much about this event was the gym was absolutely packed with basketball players. It looked like their was over 300 kids in a small gym working on passing, shooting, dribbling, and teamwork. (See Video Below)  So when I got a chance to put down the camera after getting all the excellent footage, I picked up a basketball and decided to shoot some hoops with the campers.

My main goal coming to the Upper Peninsula was to be involved with the community and learn more about people and their wonderful stories. So after a few minutes, I started to build up a fan base with a lot of the children. They all wanted to play basketball games against me and they wanted to steal the ball and score over me as if I was the “Jolly Green Giant.” (I’m not a giant but I can do work with a basketball in my hand)

Seeing the kids smile and laugh and tell their parents that they played with the nice sports man from TV 6 was a moment I won’t forget and I know the kids will remember that for a very long time. When I was done playing, I wanted to do interviews with some of the participants to get their reaction on the fun day to put on the 11pm news.

Once I talked to one camper, a big group of children surrounded my camera and microphone and they all wanted to talk to me about the day of activities. Normally, kids don’t want to go on camera because they are shy and usually don’t know what to say with the light shinning in their faces. But when my TV 6 mic flag was showing, it was like I was the Beatles entering the stage to play on the Ed Sullivan show. That was as cool as it gets.

And when you get that much love, it always sticks in the back of your mind. I love the game of basketball so much and I know those kids went home smiling knowing they loved basketball as well.

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