Women's Basketball Caps Busy Summer With Pair of Community Service Events
Aug. 2, 2013
MEMPHIS - -
Jaymie Jackson (above) joined some of her Tiger teammates at a clinic for the children of the Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC) last Saturday. Friday, her teammates participated with a Samaritan's Feet event at Street's Ministries.
The University of Memphis women's basketball team has had a busy summer. In addition to summer classes and some workouts, the Tigers have been out in the community. On July 27th, the Tigers teamed with Evolve Bank & Trust and the Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC) to host a basketball clinic for the children of the NCC. The team then followed that up with a Friday visit to Streets Ministries, where they volunteered with Samaritan's Feet to distribute new shoes and socks to over 200 children.
"At Evolve, we've been so impressed with the NCC and the U of M Women's Basketball team and everything they're doing for our community," said Scott Stafford, president and CEO, Evolve Bank & Trust. "We just wanted to bring two great organizations together, and we thought this basketball camp would be a great opportunity for everyone involved."
The basketball camp was held this past Saturday, July 20th, at the Neighborhood Christian Centers' Jackson Avenue location. Approximately 40 girls attended the camp from 9-11 that morning giving them a chance to work on their ball handling and shooting skills with some of the University of Memphis Women's team's best athletes.
"Our kids had a blast, and enjoyed getting the chance to spend time with some of their role-models." said Ephie Johnson, president and CEO, Neighborhood Christian Centers. "We work hard every day to make our community a better place and to give hope to our visitors. This camp was a nice outlet to come to the center and just have some fun for a while."
"Our girls had a great time with the kids this past Saturday, and we're always happy to be out in the community with our fans." said Coach Melissa McFerrin. "We are grateful to Evolve Bank & Trust for helping to coordinate the event and very impressed with the facilities and staff at the NCC."
The Tigers will wrap up summer school next week, finishing with final exams on Friday, August 9th. The team will then return home to spend some quick time with their families before returning to Memphis for the fall semester, Monday, August 26th.
Memphis begins play in 2013-14 as members of the new American Athletic Conference. The Tigers are joined in the new league by both teams from the 2013 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship game (Connecticut and Louisville), as well as Cincinnati, Houston, Rutgers, SMU, Temple, UCF and USF. Memphis tentatively opens its 2013 fall season on Saturday, Nov. 2nd with an exhibition game. The complete schedule will be released this fall once the television games have been established.