MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Members of the Mahopac boys varsity team volunteered their time on winter weekends to teach kindergartners and first graders the basics of basketball.

“It was a great experience for everyone involved,” said Tom McMahon, coach of the varsity team. “Our high school players were able to work with our community’s youngest players and teach them not only about the game of basketball, but about Mahopac basketball.

Students in kindergarten and first grade participated in one of two sessions every Saturday in December, January and the beginning of February. Through a mix of skill-based drills and games, the young students learned how to dribble, pass and shoot.

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“It was great to see them give back to MSA (Mahopac Sports Association) since so many of them grew up playing and developing their game through MSA,” McMahon said. “The clinic participants were able to meet our players and develop a connection to our team. It could not have gone any better and I owe a huge thank you to [program director] Larry Keane for allowing us to do this.”

Each player received a basketball, t-shirt and trophy. In addition to these clinics, the Mahopac Sports Association also runs programs for students through 12th grade and a summer camp for students entering grades K-9.