|The Mountaineer women's basketball team and athletes from SteppingStones came together for a final team huddle following the clinic.
|Pat Biondo photo
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Prior to leaving for Lawrence, Kansas to open Big 12 Conference play, the West Virginia women’s basketball team put on a clinic at WVU’s Basketball Practice Facility with athletes from SteppingStones.
“It’s for a great organization. We love doing it and our players love doing it,” coach Mike Carey said.
SteppingStones is a non-profit recreational center in Morgantown for people with disabilities. The center works on inclusion of its participants, to focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.
“The relationship between SteppingStones and West Virginia University has been a lifesaver over the years. Most of our programs would not be able to run without student volunteers/interns from WVU,” explained Kim Walls, the Recreation Coordinator at SteppingStones. “The relationships that have developed with our organization and the student-athlete organizations have been tremendous.
“SteppingStones athletes are fortunate to be able to workout and train with these student-athletes; and in some instances our athletes get to step foot on the same court/field and play the same game as their WVU idols—that is a privilege that is not taken lightly. The memories that are formed during these collaborative projects are memories that our athletes will keep with them for a lifetime and will never be replicated,” Walls concluded.
The athletes from SteppingStones trained with the Mountaineers on their basketball technique and fundamentals. The athletes worked on dribbling, passing, defense, shooting and ball handling skills in a learning, but also competitive, environment.
“We had a chance to give back to the community. SteppingStones always supports us as a team and comes out to our games and shows us a lot of love, so it gave us an opportunity to give back to them and show them how much we appreciate what they do for us,” senior guard Christal Caldwell
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