4 colleges host annual Hoops from the Heart youth clinics on MLK Day

Matt Leon
January 19, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's become a Martin Luther King Jr., Day tradition in Delaware County: The 18th annual Hoops from the Heart youth basketball clinics are set for Monday.

The clinics will be held at four college across Delaware County — Neumann, Widener and Cabrini universities, and Haverford College — which will be run by coaches and players from the men's and women's basketball teams at those respective schools. 

Haverford women's basketball coach Bobbi Morgan helped start the clinics back in 2001.

"It's been tremendous," she said. "They've grown every year. Each year we tend to raise about $10,000 overall from the four separate clinics. We've raised well over $100,000 since the onset of these clinics."

The clinics are open to boys and girls, first- through eighth-graders. Registration ranges from $20 to $30, depending on the school, and the clinics run between 9 a.m. and noon.

"All the clinics will take walk-up registrations," added Morgan, "but we do encourage people to go online to the individual college websites where you can register.

"It's really a great day when little kids interact with college athletes."

The money raised goes to the Community Action Agency of Delaware County. All participants are asked to being a non-perishable food item to donate as well.

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Editor's note: Widener University has since canceled its Hoops from the Heart clinic due to Winter Storm Harper.