Jul 21, 2017
Pine Manor College men's basketball head coach, Rich Fazzi, was recently invited to present as a guest coach at the Smart Hoops Clinic, a five-week summer camp that provides academic and basketball skills development to young athletes at the Lawrence YMCA.
"Being a basketball coach is not only a job, it is a mission. At Pine Manor College we focus on developing skills and techniques as tools to mentor our students and help them develop resiliency and perseverance. That is why I was thrilled to be a part of the Smart Hoops Clinic. I believe that the team at the camp, led by Lawrence High School coach, Ray Nunez, share the same values." said coach Fazzi.
The Smart Hoops Clinic provides 7th through 9th graders a place to spend their summers while developing both physically and academically. The full day program runs at no cost to the young attendees who also receive daily lunches and a free membership to the YMCA for the summer.
Like with many High School athletic programs in the area, Fazzi has strong relationships with Ray Nunez. High School athletes are encouraged to visit the PMC campus and get a sense of College life. "I greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with coach Nunez," said Fazzi. "Coach Nunez' approach to student development and their well-being is perfectly aligned with the mission of the Athletics department at PMC. He helps build and strengthen the Lawrence community by providing personal support to his players, and I am glad I could be a part of it."
Coach Fazzi shared tips for success with a group of 50 campers. He offered a one-hour drills-and-skills clinic and advised the campers on how best to transition to college and what to expect as a student-athlete at the college level. Stressing his team's mantra of Going HARD, which stands for working hard at all times and demonstrating the four characteristics he looks for in a student-athlete: Honesty, Accountability, Respect, and Dedication. "It's important to show young students that it's not just about basketball," said Fazzi. "College coaches look for the complete student-athlete."