Aug. 1, 2012
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's basketball team put on a clinic with motivational speeches and drills for the children at Village Oaks Apartments in South Dallas on Overton Road this week.
Head coach Rhonda Rompola opened the visit by speaking to the kids about the importance of teamwork, character and attitude. SMU players talked about the hard work and dedication it takes to be a student-athlete, how they got started in basketball, and discussed their majors and plans for life after basketball. After their talks, the coaches and players moved outside to instruct ball handling drills, relay races and a shooting contest.
"The boys and girls of this underserved apartment community were so excited," said Susan Lee, Director of Development for Behind Every Door. "They have not experienced an event like this before."
Rompola added, "As coaches and players we have been blessed with the opportunity to share with the Dallas community. Just seeing the expressions and smiles on the kids' faces was priceless. We hope that our words of encouragement can have a lasting impact on these young people."