Hundreds of students from the Chicago area participated in the free Nike basketball clinic held at the Quest Athletics Center. Nike teamed up with former Chicago Bulls “ball boy” and friend of many basketball greats, Darren Hammond, President and CEO of The Darren Group in an effort to empower the youth by inspiring them to realize their potential through free Nike Basketball Clinics.
“The event was a success, anytime I can help get kids active, teach them the fundamental skills of basketball, including good sportsmanship and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle while also keeping kids off the streets and saving a life, my job was not in vain,” says Darren Hammond.
The clinics, taught by Nike’s “basketball experts,” offered age-appropriate skills training. Chicago’s very own, former Farragut Academy All American Ronnie Fields shared basketball tips and the importance of displaying good sportsmanship and staying out of trouble. Participants received lunch, a Nike t-shirt, hat, basketball and other gifts. 28th Ward Alderman, Jason Ervin, Commissioner of Water Reclamation District of Chicago, Patricia Horton, National Action Network President, Chicago Chapter, Maureen Forte, Blackstar Project founder Phillip Jackson, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Johnnie Miller and Greater St. John Bible Church Pastor Rev. Ira Acree are among the many that came out to support the Darren Group and the basketball clinic in the community.