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Gee-Gees help provide free basketball clinic for local kids

Thursday September 22, 2011

While the start of the regular season is just around the corner, the uOttawa Gee-Gees men’s basketball team are taking some time away from their home court to help kids in the area learn the fundamentals of basketball. The Gee-Gees and local politician Mathieu Fleury, in conjunction with Second Cup on Rideau Street, have teamed up to provide a free basketball clinic for kids between the ages of 7 and 11 years old at the Le Patro Community Centre in downtown Ottawa.

The clinic, which will run for a total of four consecutive weeks, kicked off this past Saturday and Gee-Gees head coach James Derouin was very pleased with the outcome. “The kids had a great time,” he explained. The basketball clinic will continue to run for the next three Saturdays – September 24th, October 1st, and October 8 –, each beginning at 10:00 a.m.  There is still room for registration and anyone interested is invited to contact Councillor Fleury’s office at (613) 580-2482 or by email at

The Gee-Gees plan to wrap up the basketball clinic by inviting the participants to their annual pre-season Jack Donohue Tournament, which will take place from October 28th to October 30th at Montpetit Hall. The Gee-Gees will provide one last one hour clinic for the kids, followed by free admission for them and their parents to one of the games.