ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming girls basketball team is fun to watch. They’re one of the best teams in the conference because they work hard on the court. But being a great basketball player doesn’t just translate from what you do on the court.
This past weekend, the girls were eager to show some new friends what Hematite basketball is all about. The Lady Hematites held a basketball camp with the Michigan Special Olympians from Area 36. They went through several drills, including dribbling and shooting. Ishpeming head coach Ryan Reichel talked about how this event was organized.
“Brian Servello from MARESA contacted us and asked us if we’d be interested. I asked the girls and they said absolutely. They didn’t even think twice. They knew they had to come in on a Saturday and give some extra time back. This district has done a good job of promoting these kids and trying to get them to do extra for the communities,” Reichel said.
The players served as coaches for the athletes to help educate or perfect their basketball skills. The event also was a way to create a special bond between the two groups.
“A lot of that is building the self–esteem between both and both realizing that they’re not any different. They’re both the same and just because they have a special need or whatever, they can still do their important part of the community,” said Vincent.
“To be able to work with the high schoolers and be able to learn what do. I already know some of the stuff they do because I was on the Ishpeming girls basketball team for my 7th and 8th grade year and for some of us who don’t know, it’s going to be a great experience for them,” Peterson said.
The Lady Hematites will be back in action tomorrow at home against Superior Central.