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Former NBA Stars Inspire At PAL Event

Former NBA/WNBA standouts Vin Baker, Wes Matthews, Anthony Avent and Tamecka Dixon served as youth coaches at the “Full Court Press: Prep for Success” program sponsored by National Basketball Retired Players Association, National Police Athletic/Activities League for National Urban League and Nassau County PAL.

“The positive interaction between the former NBA players and the young people is exactly what PAL is all about,”  said Commanding Officer Nassau County Police Activity League Sgt. Doug Kenah. “The kids were eager to learn from the pros about basketball and success in life. The life skills workshops were productive and covered important topics such as health, education and careers. The event achieved its goal because of the hard work and planning by all involved.”

The clinic was held for more than 120 Nassau County Police Activity League (NCPAL) and local Urban League boys and girls. Residents from New Hyde Park, Bethpage, Hicksville, Levittown, Massapequa, Oyster Bay/East Norwich, Plainview, Roosevelt, Valley Stream, Wantagh/Seaford and other communities from across the region participated in basketball skills sessions and competitive games led by former star NBA players, and attended life skills workshops conducted by Urban League instructors.  The kids were given T-shirts, lunch, certificates of completion and autographs from retired NBA players.