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Ball Out Hawaii Hosts Free Basketball Clinics

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Hawaii nonprofit "Ball Out Hawaii" is once again hosting free basketball clinics for local keiki grades 5-8.

These clinics are taught by local college students with the desire to give back to local kids.

"Whenever you have somebody that you can look up to teaching you things that they know and that are getting taught at the collegiate level, it's a wealth of experience and it's awesome to have somebody like that" said Matt Southard, Chaminade basketball player and Ball Out Hawaii coach.

"I remember being this age and wanting to be a better basketball player, wanting to be better at everything I could do and to have role models to look up to and to teach me what to do in order to get better was important for me", said Makoa Mau, one of the coaches and collegiate athletes sharing his knowledge with clinic attendees.

Ball Out Hawaii strives to help out the local community and only suggests a donation of one canned good per clinic to help out the Hawaii Food Bank.

Coaches also include a "life lesson" in each session on top of the basketball drills to encourage participants to strive for better off the court as well.

"I have a daughter and a son so they're both doing it so I think it's awesome I mean I'm always on the look out for clinics and I just stumbled upon this and I think it's great", said Maggie Hong, parent of two children taking part in Ball Out Hawaii's clinics.

Palani Williams, a father with three children who attend Ball Out Hawaii's clinics went on to add, "these guys know what they're doing, they do quality drills. And I love the life message that they get out of it."

Clinics take place at Pukele Mini Park (1415 Pukele Ave). Next scheduled sessions are on January 2, and January 4 from 1-2 pm and 2-3 pm.

For more information visit Ball Out Hawaii.