New Orleans, LA - The Dillard Athletic teams hosted their first Champions of Character Clinic, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) initiative, at Dent Gym over the weekend. A dozen area youths participated in skills sessions and games, as well as presentations on the five core values - integrity, respect, responsibility, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
Bleu Devil scholar-athletes from men's and women's basketball, cross country, and track & field, along with women's softball and the cheerleading squad stressed to the group the importance of good work habits, both on and off the court/playing field, and provided examples of how each could implement the five core values day to day.
Alrieon Bevins (pictured) a senior guard on the women's basketball team, served as one of several student coaches. She instructed kids on proper dribbling techniques. Students also learned about passing, shooting and defense/footwork.
Charles Davis, who coaches at Henry C. Schaumburg Elementary Math and Science Academy, said he was glad he could attend with his group of girls.
"They had a lot of fun," Davis said. "This was really nice. I plan on bringing them back for the next one."
Dillard Athletics will host its spring COC clinic on March 27, 2010.