The first weekend of August was host to the first ever Greene County Law Enforcement Basketball Clinic, an event put together by the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, Great Circle and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks. The clinic was held at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield’s main campus on Fremont Avenue from 10 am.-1 p.m.

Officers from the Springfield Police Department, Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol came out to coach middle school kids from the three partner youth organizations in the fundamentals of basketball.

For the first half of the clinic, the kids were formed into groups to rotate through skill stations run by a pair of officers. The second half was dedicated to a scrimmage, with officers running as coaches and referees.

The clinic was wrapped up with a motivational speech for the kids by Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson in which he awarded three players with merit awards based on their performance during the clinic.

The Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office plans to turn the clinic into an annual event, with 2018’s hopefully planned for early summer.

Springfield News Leader