Instituting a pilot program during January and February, the Jericho High School girls' varsity basketball team teamed up with the Jericho Athletic Association and conducted three Sunday morning clinics with the JAA sixth grade girls' basketball travel team following the high school practice sessions.
JHS coaches Theresa Cantwell and Gary Gregory had their players work with the sixth-graders on a variety of entry level basketball skills. Besides the most visible skills of shooting, dribbling and passing, the girls worked on other equally important facets of the game such as moving towards the ball to receive passes, pivoting on one foot to avoid "walking" violations and protecting the ball from a defender's reach.
The idea of the clinics was hatched by JAA travel coach Ken Kahner, a long time resident and coach in the JAA program. Coach Kahner and his team were gracious that the high school players, captained by Annette Kiviat, Melanie Checkla and Marissa Resnick , were willing to give their time for younger players of the community. "Coach Cantwell and her players were fantastic. A nicer bunch of young women would be hard to find. Working with the older girls gave my sixth-graders a much better understanding of the practice time and details of the game necessary to become better players." Following the last of the three clinics, the high schoolers and sixth-graders shared a "team" breakfast together. Coach Kahner presented flowers and plants as a thank you to the JHS players.