The Brandon Bobcats men's basketball team have announced it will be hosting the fifth annual Holiday Hoops Classic, an event aimed at teaching local youth the fundamentals of basketball, and developing skills for more advanced players. Best of all, it's a chance to help kids in need right here in our community as the holiday season approaches.

The session will be held on Sunday, December 21 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm in the HLC Gymnasium and is aimed at boys and girls in grades 3-12.

"Our team loves the chance to work with young athletes in the Westman area. The opportunity to coach, and interact with kids is something they love to do ," says head coach Gil Cheung. "This is a great opportunity for us to give back while promoting basketball and fitness, and at the same time it is for a good cause. Our athletes have all been helped in some way in their academic and athletic careers, and it is great to be able to aid in someone else's development."

There is no cost associated with this event, however participants are asked to bring new, unwrapped gifts for the Brandon Christmas Cheer Registry. Cash and gift card donations are also accepted. All proceeds are donated to charity.

The primary focus of the session for the younger age group is to introduce the fundamentals of the game and to teach proper footwork, shooting mechanics, ball-handling, passing and spacing. In the older age group grades 9-12 they will develop 1 on 1 moves off the dribble and jab, ability to read and react off of screens, use the pick and roll, and play competitive scrimmages.

The event promises to be fun as well as develop basketball skills in both an individual and team setting.


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