New York, NY – During NBA All-Star weekend, I had the privilege of teaming up with my father, Jeff Mayerson, and his co-coach Mike Freeman, both certified trained clinicians by the NBA, with running an NBA FIT clinic at PS 004 in Queens, NY alongside NBA rookie Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Feb. 13.
The clinic, which was driven by NBA Cares, a grassroots community marketing program, served more than 150 special needs children in the district and consisted of seven skill-building training stations, including dribbling, shooting, speed, passing, and layups. Wiggins, who was the first overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, provided personal basketball instruction to all the kids in attendance while visiting each training station.
Over the weekend, NBA Cares FIT clinics visited 100 schools at all five boroughs in New York City, the host of the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and included more than 20,000 kids who participated in the program. All of the children in our clinic had a great time and were appreciative of our stopping by.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience showed the importance of role models in our society and gave me pride that I was able to participate in such a program for special needs children.