For the second consecutive summer, the D-Fenders partnered with the Summer Night Lights program to produce a series of youth basketball clinics. Members of the D-Fenders staff worked closely with the Summer Night Lights program to plan four youth clinics throughout the Los Angeles area. The various clinics were hosted at Glassell Park, Green Meadows, Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Ramona Gardens Recreation Center. Running the clinics were D-Fenders assistant coach Thomas Scott, who in addition to being the team’s assistant coach last year, also co-founded a basketball training company called You Ball Training. His previous experience running a youth camp was evident as he ran the kids through numerous drills aimed to improve their basketball fundamentals. The clinics proved to be a valuable experience for the children and the D-Fenders organization alike.
“I was honored to represent the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the community and give back,” said Coach Scott. “The kids were enthusiastic to learn and enjoy the game of basketball. I saw myself in a lot of those kids and anytime you have a chance to have a positive impact in their lives like this, the memories can last a lifetime.”
The D-Fenders are proud to be working with the Summer Night Lights program, which is aimed to reduce violence in the Los Angeles community. As a violence-reduction program, Summer Night Lights targets one of the seasons of greatest need and those locations historically impacted by violence. Youth clinics like this serve as not only a lesson in basketball skills, but also a means for getting children out of dangerous situations and into an active lifestyle. The partnership between Summer Night Lights and the D-Fenders is one that hopefully can positively affect many children’s lives both on and off the court.