Wildhawk Players Paying it Forward
Every Tuesday night at Empire School in Waterloo 18 five to seven year old girls lace up their shoes and hit the hardwood for Jr. NBA basketball that teaches fundamental movement, early skill acquisition but most importantly FUN and friendship. The Jr. NBA program offered through the Kitchener Waterloo Girls Basketball Association is an excellent introduction to the sport.
Heading up the Tuesday night programming at Empire are two KWGBA Wildhawks players Camryn Johnston and Jordan Hamm both products of the KW rep girls system, now giving back to the next generation of KW girls basketball. Camryn (WCI) and Jordan (Bluevale), both play senior girls basketball for their respective schools, and would often leave straight from their Tuesday late games, eat diner in the car and run into the gym to their excited young pupils. The girls are always so excited to see Camryn and Jordan (often still in their uniforms) and hear whether they won or lost their games, but more excited to see them in their school colours.
Under the supervision of legendary KW Coach Brian Henry, the program sees these young girls, many of whom attend Empire School in the Westmount area of Waterloo, learn skills through gameplay and learn about aspects of Respect, Teamwork, Leadership and Health and Fitness.
The young coaches, both who are involved in leadership programs at their respective schools, often times have to (literally) hold hands with some of these very young players to get through the activities. There is no doubt Camryn and Jordan have captured the imaginations of some of these girls and serve as incredible examples of the benefits of girls playing sports.
At a time where school work, school and club sports, friends, family and university on the horizon both Camryn and Jordan have said multiple times “Coaching this program and being with these awesome little girls is the best part of my Tuesday. And when asked why she thinks it’s important to give back by volunteering? Camryn replied “Seeing these little girls shooting and dribbling a ball for the first time and being able to Coach them is such a powerful thing. I wish more girls my age would get involved so they could feel it too!”
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