Mineral Springs Middle Students Work with Chris Paul Basketball Academy
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By Bob Kohut
Mineral Springs Middle School
OCTOBER 22, 2019 – CP3 Basketball Academy – which was established by NBA All-Star Chris Paul – has partnered with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system by sending its basketball staff to various schools in the county.
The partnership was introduced to the WS/FCS Middle School Physical Education and Health staff at the professional development workshop led by Sara Harmon, WS/FCS Health and Physical Education Program Specialist, at the beginning of the school year. Sara Harmon is quoted as saying:
“Our district is very lucky to have agencies like CP3 Basketball Academy who are willing to work with our students, schools, and PE programs. This type of offering is a great way for students to connect with out-of-school time agencies in our community who provide wonderful learning experiences and give back to our schools. One hundred percent of the money raised through the after-school program was given back to the school, PTA, and PE program.”
“I’m so grateful to the physical educators at Mineral Springs Middle and Thomas Jefferson Middle for already taking advantage of this new program during the 2019-2020 school year.”
Mineral Springs was excited for the opportunity and reached out to Michael Gaskins of CP3 to collaborate with CP3 and its staff. The partnership began by CP3 sending it’s basketball coaching staff to work with all the PE and Health students at Mineral Springs on Oct. 8 and 9.
Members of the CP3 staff coached each class and all the students in small groups, allowing each student to have a positive learning experience. Each class started off and finished with a character or life lesson to inspire each student to try new things and to be their best in and out of school.
The following week the coaching staff returned to coach interested students each afternoon with a PTA school fundraiser. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the school’s PTA. Interested students registered, paying for the Skills and Drills afterschool program. For those interested without the registration fee some staff stepped up and sponsored these students.
Friday, the students finished their exciting week up with a trip to CP3. The students were in awe of the state-of-the art facility. They were given the opportunity to train that afternoon on two NBA courts with high-level basketball shooting equipment and advanced video and technology analyzing various movements and the accuracy of each shot taken.
Throughout the week Coach Morgan and Coach Harris of Mineral Springs assisted and made many positive comments on the afterschool program. Both emphasized how great an opportunity this was for our students and the basketball program.
Mineral Springs Middle School Athletic Director, Coach Kohut, said, “The entire program from the CP3 Basketball Academy’s facility to the professionalism of the entire coaching staff far exceeded his expectation. Our students had a fantastic time with an unbeatable basketball learning experience that will have a far-reaching impact.”
At the end of the day, each student and the coaches were given a CP3 Basketball Academy hoodie and CP3 Basketball Academy A souvenirs. A free-throw shooting contest sent home several students with additional prizes. The grand prize of an Xbox game console made the competition even more exciting as the students cheered one another on! CP3 Basketball Academy also offers scholarships to students through out the community.