GARDNER — Laticia Rolle grew adult in Gardner and fueled her passion for basketball by holding to courts as mostly as possible.
The tough work paid off.
Rolle went on to play during Worcester Academy and warranted a grant to play during Division 2 Eckerd College in Florida. Now, she’s aiming to give behind to her hometown.
The 5-foot-6 former ensure will horde a Rolle All-Star Basketball Clinic during Gardner High School from Aug. 5-6, training players of all ability levels how to urge their game. And only to make certain everyone’s profitable attention, Rolle’s bringing along some reinforcements.
The many important of a assistance comes in a form of her boyfriend, who only happens to be a 7-foot-1 member of a Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
That player? Shaquille O’Neal.
“It’s a initial time we’ve attempted to do a hospital and Shaquille is unequivocally understanding in all we do,” Rolle said. “I grew adult and played in Gardner and wanted to give back.”
Rolle says she had talked to her father about a probability of using a hospital after saying that kids weren’t as active in basketball in a area via a year.
“When we was flourishing up, there was basketball going on 24-7,” pronounced Rolle. “I pronounced to my dad, ‘Let’s do a clinic.’ It’s a good possibility to get kids from a tiny city and a surrounding areas to play more.”
The hospital will underline 3 sessions during Gardner High School, with any damaged down by age group.
There is a extent of 50 boys and 50 girls during any session, with a cost of $100 per participant.
The hospital will be run by college players from a segment and will have concentration on “drills, group growth and fun.” A Saturday afternoon event will be dedicated to third- by sixth-graders, with seventh- to ninth-graders and sophomores to seniors going on Sunday.
For some-more information, or to register, revisit rolleallstarsummerclinic.eventbrite.com.
All attendees will accept a Reebok bag and T-shirt, as good as group photos with O’Neal, a camp’s guest speaker.
“Shaquille loves kids. He’s good with children,” Rolle said. “If all goes as we have planned, hopefully we’ll be means to continue doing this.”
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