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Girls Basketball Clinic


Clinic participants were all smiles with their high school mentors.

For the Love of the Game

Onekama School Holds Girls Basketball Clinic

The Onekama School gymnasium has been busy on Saturday mornings, filled to the brim with young girls dribbling, shooting, and scoring. For the sixth year, Onekama Elementary School offered a winter basketball clinic for girls in First through Sixth Grade.

The clinic ran for five Saturdays. It was coordinated by parents who lent their time and talents to keep students active and healthy in these cold winter months – along with a giant assist from the OHS Junior Varsity and Varsity girls basketball teams, who provided guidance and mentoring to the young players.

The basketball clinic ties in well with Onekama School’s health and wellness goals. In 2007, a school-wide Wellness Committee was formed with the goal of improving student health, increasing physical activity levels, and providing students with nutritious food choices. Recommendations were made by parents, students, and community members and approved by the Board of Education.


“Our goal is to provide healthy choices for our students in order to support their academic and physical growth,” explained Onekama Superintendent Kevin Hughes. “The basketball clinic complements our efforts. From the foods offered in our cafeteria, to the climbing wall in our gymnasium, to the health curriculum in our classrooms, we are working to help our students establish healthy lifestyles that they can carry with them after they graduate.”

Volunteer coaches Dennis McCarthy and Heidi Wisniski have been pleased with the response to the program. “Each winter, the program continues to grow, and the help from the high school players has been just phenomenal,” said Wisniski. “It is great to see the girls’ enthusiasm and interest for the sport.”

Emma demonstrates the fine art of dribbling

Fifth and sixth graders are put though their drills.

Delaney is ready to take the big shot.

The Onekama High School players were a key
part of the clinic's success.