When multi-tasking meets community sports, you get a cool hybrid that crosses skills from one program to another and, in Plumas County, the kids benefit big time.
That’s the approach taken by Kyle Stone, recreation supervisor with the Central Plumas Recreation and Park District. He’s an active, organized guy, so he knows how to get things done.
“Our CPRPD basketball program for kindergartners, first- and second-graders just finished another season Feb. 20,” Stone said, adding that he is especially grateful to some talented local athletes because, “our weekly clinics were again made possible through a partnership between CPRPD and the Feather River College baseball program.”
You heard that right — the college baseball players donated some of their free time to coach Plumas County kids in K-2 basketball and the pint-sized players had a terrific time learning from real athletes.
“We had 46 participants in all and this program, which is designed to introduce young kids to basketball in a clinic format, was held at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds once a week for eight weeks,” Stone explained.
Each week, a group of college baseball players, directed by FRC Assistant Coach Jason Gay volunteered their time to help teach the fundamentals of basketball and give kids an opportunity to have a fun, healthy activity to do in the winter.
“I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to Jason, the FRC baseball staff and players who ran the clinic this year,” Stone said. “They did a great job, as always, and it is this type of volunteerism within our small community that makes these opportunities possible.”
Stone shared his appreciation for the FRC players and management for various reasons, not the least of which was because of the time commitment and excellence they generously gave to the young players.
“All of these people have very busy schedules, but they made time to encourage and support our youth through this basketball clinic,” Stone said. “It was neat to see the kids who participated looking up to the college baseball players. It was also a great experience for the kids to learn and play with the volunteers in an environment that promotes health and well-being.”
For their outstanding contributions and community support, Stone added, “A big thank you goes out to the entire FRC baseball program and also to the Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds for providing us with the facility needed for the program.”