A young participant at the Maine Red Claws summer clinic kick off shoots the ball.
PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Red Claws kicked off their summer clinic series with an event in the heart of downtown Portland.
"We really do try to teach the skills of basketball - passing, dribbling, shooting, some defensive work - we always like to talk about that early, and so we hope what the kids get out of this is physical activity, but also learning the game of basketball," explained Red Claws president and general manager Jon Jennings.
Dozens of kids took over Monument Square, turning it into a basketball court for a couple hours. Team staff lead kids through drills meant to teach the fundamentals of the game.
"I hope you guys ate your Wheaties this morning, cause we are going to have about 15 - 20 minutes of some fun things that we are going to do, take you through some basic drills that we do in the NBA," announced Dajuan Eubanks before putting the kids through their paces.
The team will be conducting thirteen clinics across Maine (with a stop in New Hampshire as well) that are open to kids of all ages and free to participate in.
You can find a complete list of the clinics and find more information by clicking here.