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Partnership looks to help young people through basketball

The Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre has partnered with EJ Ballers to put on a free basketball came at the George Leach Centre
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Basketball program EJ Ballers, run by Algoma University men’s basketball coach Etienne Jacquet, has partnered with the Sault Ste. Marie Indian Friendship Centre (SSMIFC) to put on a four-session basketball clinic at the George Leach Centre.

In a prepared statement, Jacquet said the partnership is an important one locally.

“EJ Ballers is proud to partner with Indian Friendship Centre as we believe in building relationships within the indigenous community,” Jacquet said. “I personally dream of having everyone included in the community and by using my platform I the opportunity to connect everyone with basketball. Having the ability to teach the game of basketball to young kids is beneficial for us.”

Jacquet added that basketball can play an important role in developing the young people of the community.

“We can use basketball as a tool to develop young minds and life skill sets. I want to provide an opportunity for all youth to participate in activities that bring positive reinforcement,” Jacquet said. “I believe a true sense of accomplishment is felt when kids learn a skill and EJ Ballers looks to teach life and basketball skills in a positive environment.”

The four sessions, which are set to begin on Saturday, will be available to various age groups, including adults.

The schedule for the camp is as follows:

  • Nov. 21
  • Nov. 28
  • Dec. 5
  • Dec. 12

Players will be divided into age groups, including:

  • Ages 8 to 11 (5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.)
  • Ages 13 to 15 (4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.)
  • Ages 16 to 21 (6 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.)
  • Ages 22 to 45+ (7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.)

Those interested in registering can contact SSMIFC sports development coordinator Katrina Francella at 705-297-2489 or by email.