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Towson Men’s Basketball Team Holds Clinic For Adults With Autism

Apr 16, 2013, 9:42 AM EST

Participants in the Towson men's basketball clinic for adults with autism.

The Towson men’s basketball team held a free basketball clinic in the Towson Center for individuals from the Autism Center on campus on Saturday, April 13. Tiger junior forward Marcus Damas was one of the many players from the team that participated in the clinic. Below, Marcus explains what working the clinic meant to him.

On Saturday morning, the Towson men’s basketball team held a free clinic for participants from the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism. Our program has a special connection with the autism cause and Saturday provided us with another chance to continue our support.

During the clinic, my teammates, coaches and I interacted with members of the Hussman Center through drills, competitions and games on the court at the Towson Center. We started with a light stretch before going into skill work such as dribbling, passing and shooting. After the on-court work, we joined together for a pizza party where we got to share stories, talk in a non-basketball setting and get to know one another better.

“To see how much fun everyone was having made the experience pretty special for me,” said freshman point guard Jerome Hairston on the clinic. “Everyone had smiles on their faces throughout the day. We all had a great time.”

At the beginning of the clinic, my teammates and I each paired up with one of the clinic’s participants. It was really cool to see how much energy everyone had in wanting to learning about basketball. The best part of the clinic was watching how everyone was enjoying themselves and having a good time while at the same time learning a new skill and making new friends.

“It was a great time had by all and I know our participants loved it,” said Dr. Ray Stinar, the Administrative Director for the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism. “We hope to make this clinic a tradition and do it again next year!”

It is an event my teammates and I will certainly look forward to being a part of on an annual basis.

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