WCCC to Host All Star Basketball Clinic

By Kaileigh Deacon

 

During the summer kids get the chance to participate in a variety of activities but this August a truly unique opportunity is coming to Calais. For a lot of young people basketball is an important part of growing up and now they’ll get to have new chance for a basketball program right here in Calais. 

For the first year Washington County Community College is hosting the Chris Taylor and Company Basketball clinic. The clinic will be held between the Calais High School and Washington County Community College gymnasiums. The clinic will be for students from Grades 1-8 teaching them skills and drills they can use to continually improve their game.

This clinic provides kids not only from Calais but all of Washington County the chance to have a basketball clinic closer to home.  “We’re trying to do something for our youth locally,” Ben Collins from Washington County Community College. 

The clinic will be a three day event which will be coached by a variety of guest coaches with all levels of experience in basketball. First is the Camp Director Chris Taylor who is a Calais High School graduate and who currently works for the Indiana Pacers in Basketball ops. Logan Huckins is another coach who is also a Calais High School graduate who has played for University of New England, and Husson University. There is also Hansen Wong who is originally from Hong Kong. He moved to the US in high school before attending the University of Minnesota and has worked for the Indiana Pacers since 2004. 

Olivia “City” DiNucci played for Emerson College in Boston College and for the last three years she has been helping coach basketball clinics all over Morocco for the Peace Corps. Kabir Moss is originally from South Africa before attending and playing basketball at Emerson College. He has also been working with the Peace Corps to coach basketball clinics in Morocco. 

Another Calais High School graduate who will be helping as a coach is Madison McVicar. She currently plays for the University of Maine. Dan “GAP” Bisaccio is an Emerson College graduate who works with the Miami Heat doing video. Calais High School Alumni, former varsity coach for Calais High School, Dan Anthrop has played for Purdue University and worked for the Indiana Pacers and Orland Magic doing video. 

“I hope the players that attend will see that basketball is more than just a sport played during the winter and how it can be fun to put the work in to become a better more complete player,” Camp director Chris Taylor said. 

The clinic is $45 for all three days and will run August 2-August 4. The schedules are grades 1-3 9am-10:30, grades 4-6 9-10:30am, grades 7-12 11am-2pm. For all players who are interested in attending the clinic they can get the application form from the clinic’s Facebook page or at the main desk at Washington County Community College. You can also contact Ben Collins at Washington County Community College at bcollins@wccc.e.edu or 207-214-3152.