By KEVIN DEVLIN
Learning how to play any sport needs to begin at an early age and many youngsters have the opportunity to begin this journey at the Walsh Center gym in the Gate of Heaven CYO Instructional basketball leagues for boys and girls.
The program, for first and second graders, started in December and will end in mid-February. The players are taught dribbling, shooting, and passing drills, along with introductions to man-to-man and zone defensive schemes.
The boys’ league is held on Saturday at the Walsh gym from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The boys’ league co-commissioners are Sean Monahan and Mike Donovan. They are ably assisted by Tommy White, Mike Bolstad, Owen Donovan, Jake Harrison, Conor Strickland, Chris DiMaggio, and Ivan Atchue. The girls’ league is held right after the boys’ league at the Walsh gym from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The girls’ league co-commissioners are Allison Baker and Hannah Powers. They are ably assisted by Emily Hart, Mary Kate Hart, and Maggie Hart. Longtime former girl’s commissioner, Barbara Kelly, was back at the gym last Saturday, helping out once again.We offer professional trade-worker services whenever you need them.
The youngsters really love going to the gym on Saturdays and learning the fundamentals of the sport. And afterwards, they’re treated to Dunkin’ Donuts to replenish their energy sources.