• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Midway University basketball players work with local kids

THREE MIDWAY UNIVERISTY BASKETBALL PLAYERS stopped by a local recreational team's practice on Dec. 4 and worked with the young players on fundamentals and made a big impression on the kids. From left, seated are: Wyatt Crowe, Cameron Irvin, Lane Stephenson, Wesley Schanbacher, Landon Sears. Back from left : Midway University freshman Logan Stafford, Louis Griese, Midway University freshman Travis Hensley, Owen Wingo, Midway University freshman Dylan Simpson.Not pictured are the Kings coaching staff, Brandon Sears, Jonathan Stafford and player Ryan Hendrix. (Photo Submitted)

A group of fifth-and sixth-graders received a visit from three Midway University University players at their practice on Dec. 4. The youngsters who play in the recreational league at Falling Springs, had a regularly scheduled practice at Northside Elementary in Midway.

“We were lucky to be joined by three players from the Midway basketball team,” said Kinds rec league Coach Brandon Sears. “They ran basketball drills with our kids. Our practice started at 7p.m. and they were there from that point until around 8p.m. These three nice guys had their own practice that night at 8:30.”

“My assistant coach and I told the boys leading up to Monday that they would be paying us a visit,” said Sears. “We didn't really know what to expect but they went way above and beyond. Our kids were instantly drawn to the players and the interaction they all had together was unforgettable.”

The Midway players, Logan Stafford, Travis Hensley, and Dylan Simpson worked with the boys on their dribbling skills, then progressed to more challenging drills and games. After practice they stuck around and chatted with the kids before posing for a team picture.

“To some, this may seem like not such a big deal,” said Sears. “But I believe that these three Midway University Basketball players made this practice one our young players will never forget, and I hope they can be recognized by the community for the effort they made to reach out and help coach and mentor these young players.”

The day after the practice, Sears personally called the coach at Midway University, Joe Krupinski, and informed him of his players good deed.

“He told me that while he was not aware they had come, he encourages his guys to go out in the community and help make a difference,” said Sears. “I can assure you, they made their mark with me and I am now a fan.”

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