PHILADELPHIA More than 60 local kids helped to make the Penn Pals Basketball Clinicheld by the University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball teama huge success Saturday afternoon inside The Palestra.
“It’s always good for our players to give back and show their support to the local community and it was great for those kids to come and have a chance to interact with our players,” said Penn assistant coach Amanda Kammes. “That was our intent and I think we accomplished that today.”
At the free two-hour clinic, available to boys and girls in 8th grade or younger, kids were given the chance to run through a series of drills with instruction from the Quakers’ players and coaches on such skills as passing, shooting, dribbling and defense.
After the instruction, where the Quakers’ mascot made an appearance, the participants enjoyed some food and fun. The coaches and players were made available to hang out and sign autographs. The clinic was held inside the historic Palestra, the home of Penn men's and women's basketball as well as several other Quaker sports.
Penn Pals is the official kid’s club of Penn women’s basketball. As a Penn Pals member, kids receive free admission to all women’s basketball games with special seating, a free t-shirt and team media guide, as well as a pen pal and pizza party with the team, among other things. For more information on Penn Pals and its perks, visit PennAthletics.com/PennPals.
Penn, which hosts Seton Hall at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26 at The Palestra, will also host a “PinkZone” event this season in the fight against breast cancer. Join the Quakers on Valentines Day when they take on Yale at 7 p.m. All ticket proceeds are donated to a local breast cancer center. For more information, click here.