Cori Hughes, Head Coach for Varsity Women’s Basketball at Salve Regina University, will share her knowledge of the game with Chelsea youth during two three-day basketball clinics at Chelsea Community Schools (CCS) beginning Monday, July 25.
Participants will learn a variety of skills including perfect shooting form, and effective defense and rebound techniques. Hughes will focus on improving endurance, confidence and skills through the use of drills, contests and games.
“Working on your basketball skills is not only a great way to become a better basketball player, it can also help you in other sports you may play,” said Hughes.
Hughes is no stranger to CCS. She first led the basketball clinic back in 2006. This will be her sixth year working with Chelsea residents.
“She is such a great find,” said Bea Cravatta, Director of CCS, “Not only is she an excellent basketball player and teacher, but she is a motivator who encourages people to do their very best.”
Hughes discovered early on that she loved basketball. One day, Madison High School Blue Devils varsity basketball coach saw a 12 year old Hughes playing ball in the park and invited her to try out for the team.
“It was very unusual to have an eighth grader playing on the high school varsity team,” explains Hughes. “People thought I was crazy wanting to be a player at 5”2”. Hughes’ love for the sport encouraged her to excel.
In her high school career, Hughes was a three-year team captain, four-time all-conference selection, two-year all-state honoree, and league MVP, which earned her a basketball scholarship to Boston University. But these days Hughes sticks to coaching.
“I come back to Chelsea year after year because I feel like there is so much untapped basketball potential in the city.” said Hughes, “It is my hope to encourage more kids to play and get involved.”
A three-day clinic for teens will run Monday through Wednesday 5:30-8:30 p.m. starting July 25. A three-day clinic for children ages 8-12 will be held on Thursday & Friday 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. -12 p.m. starting July 28. Register in advance at the Williams Building, 180 Walnut Street (Mon.- Fri. 4-8 p.m. and Sat. 9 a,m,-4 p.m.) or online at www.chelseama.gov/ccs. Cost is $30. The first 15 registrants pay $25. Payment in cash or money order. For more information, please call (617) 466-5233 or email [email protected].