PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

January 6, 2014

Seahawks teach basketball skills

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — At 6-foot 3-inches Evan White towered over 5-year-old Edgar Puga as the youngster struggled to toss a basketball into the hoop high above his head.

White, a member of the Lamar State College-Port Arthur Seahawks basketball team, squatted down to Puga’s level and hoisted him up to the net; both came away with a big smile.

Puga was one of about 60 children ages three to seven who took part in a free basketball camp hosted by the YMCA of Southeast Texas with assistance from LSC-PA’s coach and basketball team on Monday.

A second clinic for boys and girls ages eight through 13 will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the YMCA.

“I love it,” White, a sophomore from San Antonio, said. “My dad has basketball camps so I know how to interact with the kids and do the thing I love and teach them too. It brings me back to when I was a little kid.”

The parents loved the camp as well.

Erika Banda, Puga’s mother, watched from the sidelines as her son dribbled down the court and learned other basketball fundamentals. The proud mother is a student at LSC-PA and a Seahawks cheerleader.

Yareli Vargas watched her son Jesus Barajas, 4, move up and down the court. This is his first time at the YMCA sponsored camp.

“He’s been excited,” Vargas said, adding that she will bring him back to the camp next year.

For LSC-PA Head Coach Lance Madison the clinic is part of a community outreach his team participates in throughout the year and something that helps build character within his student athletes.

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