Maine men's basketball made its way to Orono High School to hold a clinic for the Orono Unified program. While it may seem like standard community service on the surface, head coach Bob Walsh said his players genuinely enjoy the chance to get involved with kids who appreciate every minute of their time.
"They love being a part of this community," Walsh said of his team. "They love the excitement surrounding basketball in this community. So it's great to be a part of."
The Black Bears held drills for an hour with the Orono players, giving them lessons on ball-handling, shot selection and team-building. And for those in attendance, it was something they couldn't pass up.
"This is an opportunity for kids who can't play normal basketball," Orono Unified guard Isaiah Walker said. "And it makes them feel good about themselves and stuff like that." Walker also said his friends on varsity were even jealous of the chance to play alongside Division I players.
"It's just something they really look forward to every year, so it's kind of become a tradition," Orono Unified coach Jennifer Plourde said. "It's something that they'll always remember."
The Black Bears return to action Feb. 8 at New Hampshire.