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Hoops clinic slated in Lahaina

By Staff | Nov 5, 2009

LAHAINA — Chaminade University of Honolulu and the EA Sports Maui Invitational, together with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, announced that a free hoops clinic will be held in Lahaina.

The free clinic will take place on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Malu-ulu-o-lele Park courts along Front Street.

Check-in will be held from 1:30 to 2 p.m., and the clinic will take place from 2 to 3 p.m.

The event is free to all participants between the ages of seven and 17. All participants are asked to bring two canned goods to go to the Hawaii Foodbank.

The Chaminade University men’s basketball program, including Head Coach Matt Mahar, will work with kids on skills, drills, dribbling, passing and shooting on the basketball court.

All participants will receive an Adidas basketball and the opportunity to win tickets to the EA Sports Maui Invitational during Thanksgiving week at Lahaina Civic Center.

“With a strong history in Hawaii, the tournament is dedicated to giving back to the local community,” said Tom Valdiserri, senior vice president of KemperSports, operator of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

“We are thrilled to bring a taste of college athletics to young, deserving kids in Hawaii as we gear up for the tournament in November.”

 “These hoops clinics represent a huge opportunity for our kids,” said David Nakada, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii.

“Meeting Coach Mahar and playing hoops with older, experienced student-athletes will be a real treat and an inspiration that we’re sure will make a huge impression on our participants.”

The Maui Invitational tips off Nov. 23-25 at Lahaina Civic Center. Competing for early-season glory are Gonzaga, Maryland, Arizona, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Colorado and host Chaminade University of Honolulu.

The tournament is celebrating its 26th year in paradise as the nation’s premier early-season college basketball tournament.

Tickets and travel packages are available via www.mauiinvitational.com.