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Youth Basketball Clinic Set for Oct. 12, Nov. 23

Youth Basketball Clinic Set for Oct. 12, Nov. 23

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Alton Memorial Hospital and SIUE women’s basketball are teaming up for the Lil’ Cougar Clinic for area girls in grades first through sixth.

The clinic, to be held at SIUE’s Vadalabene Center, is divided into two dates (Oct. 12 from 1-2:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 1-2:30 p.m.). Youngsters are welcome to attend both dates.

Registration is free for the first 100 girls to sign up. Through their support of this event, Alton Memorial Hospital is giving back to the community and, more specifically, investing in the physical and nutritional development of young girls.

"We are thrilled to be able to partner with SIUE's women's basketball team to provide an outlet for area girls to learn the fundamentals of basketball," says Alton Memorial Hospital spokesman Rusty Ingram.  "We are always looking for ways to increase physical activities for our youth and improve the health within the communities we serve."

The cost of the clinic is $25, and each participant will receive a T-shirt, a basketball, and a bookmark. All participating kids also will receive a free pass to all SIUE Cougar Athletics events.

“It is an opportunity for the young girls in our community to work with our student-athletes.  We will have fun with basketball activities as well as talking to them about school, nutrition and making good choices on and off the basketball court,” said SIUE women’s basketball Head Coach Paula Buscher.

The “mini-camp” will include SIUE’s coaching staff and student-athletes providing a clinic of basketball FUNdamentals and opportunities to interact with positive role models as well as promote healthy and nutritious lifestyles. The event will be a valuable learning experience within the sport of basketball.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to team up with Alton Memorial Hospital and give back to the community,” Buscher added.

To sign up or for questions, contact Samantha Minton at or by calling 618-650-2791.

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