This March the Nova International School of Skopje welcomed 60 high school athletes from five other countries to participate in the 2018 CEESA HS Boys Basketball Tournament. Players represented various international schools throughout Europe from Sofia, Bulgaria; Istanbul, Turkey; Riga, Latvia; Baku, Azerbaijan, and Kyiv, Ukraine.
Before the tournament, I visited NOVA to take part in the opening ceremony, where I addressed NOVA athletes and the visiting teams. I shared my experiences as a collegiate athlete, as well as my ups and downs as a professional athlete in Europe. The focus of my talk was on dedication, hard work and the importance of learning from adversity. It was also important for me to stress the fact that the same mentality that can create success off the court, will help to create success in your life off the court as well.
During some down time, I had the opportunity to share my passion for basketball with 25 eager players, who chose to attend a short clinic. The clinic was organized to stress the importance of fundamentals and attention to detail. We completed a serious of drills together, working on ball handling, passing and shooting. The players were very attentive and excited to improve their skills.
This small clinic was the first step in an effort for Marcus Ginyard Basketball Camp to extend its reach internationally.