Kids Enjoy Free Clinic on Courts

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Sherman Lee (back row, fifth from right) posed with participants in his free basketball clinic last Saturday.

About ten kids from Alameda were able to take part in the "Defend the Rim" basketball clinic last Saturday, July 12, at the Parrot Village apartments on the 1800 block of Wood Street.

The clinic was taught by Alameda native and longtime basketball coach Sherman Lee. Lee has been involved in coaching all sports in Alameda for more than 30 years now. He has organized dozens of youth basketball clinics including ones at Alameda and Encinal High.

Kids at the clinic ranged from third graders to teenagers, Lee said. Attendees of the clinic took part in drills teaching the basic fundamentals of basketball including defensive slides, passing and dribbling drills. Lee hired two legendary Alameda high school basketball players, Eric Bradley from Encinal and Richard Bullock, an Alameda High alum. Also, former Alameda High head basketball coach Frank Yamasaki attended the event. After their workout, kids were treated to lunch and a T-shirt.

The clinic is unlike most summer youth basketball clinics because it does not charge a fee.

"I wanted to make sure everybody who wanted to participate could," said Lee.

The clinic was done in partnership with the Alameda Housing Authority. Lee said he plans on having more clinics in Alameda in the future. For information on future basketball clinics taught by Lee, contact him at 504-3090 or