As basketball season began, the Naples High School basketball teams decided to help teach local youth about the game.

The first clinic occurred Dec. 1 and throughout the month of December. The clinics for kids ages K-8 have continued through January and will run every Saturday until Feb. 2.

NHS boys basketball coach, Garrett Hull, had the idea to start the basketball clinics.

“I feel like it’s good to have the kids learn the fundamentals early on, and it gives me less to have to teach in the future,” Hull said.

Not only are the high school coaches involved in the clinics, the basketball teams are as well. The players from both the boys and girls teams actually interact with the kids and teach the clinic.

“We take the youth and teach them how to do layups and pivoting, we even get them in groups and let them scrimmage a little bit,” junior Hunter Hancock said. “We teach them all the basic stuff going into basketball.”

The clinics last from 9:00am-11:00am and involve drills to help improve skills.

“For one of the layup drills, we have a player stand by the hoop and the kids work on jumping off their dominant foot and give us a high-five with the correct hand as they do it,” senior Sydney Zerbe said.

The whole clinic is aimed to keep the kids engage with the game and further their love of basketball.

“I hope all the kids decide to come to Naples High and make the basketball program even better,” senior Darius Bradley said.