SIUE junior Kris Davis goes up for a shot. Davis, sophomore Grant Fiorentinos and Cougars coach Mitch Gilfillan visited Leu Civic Center in Mascoutah earlier this week for a clinic and games with area children.
EDWARDSVILLE – Two SIUE men's basketball student-athletes, along with assistant coach Mitch Gilfillan, traveled to the Leu Civic Center in Mascoutah earlier this week for an afternoon of fun with area children.
The children took part in a question-and-answer session with junior Kris Davis, sophomore Grant Fiorentinos and coach Gilfillan. The three then conducted a 30-minute instructional clinic before participating in games with the children.
"Our student-athletes had a wonderful time at the Leu Civic Center," Gilfillan said. "We appreciated the opportunity to spend quality time with the children while stressing the importance of school, listening to your teachers and doing your homework."
The Leu Civic Center is a United Way organization. According to its website, the civic center plans, organizes and executes recreational, social and family support activities to bring people together, build friendships, foster a strong sense of belonging to the community and develop civic pride for the betterment of the community as a whole.
"We were able to teach them basketball drills that focus on fundamentals but also are fun to work on," Gilfillan said. "Without a doubt, the experience was mutually beneficial."