NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ---
The Cal State Northridge women's basketball program recently held a free clinic in Watts, Calif., as part of the One Watts-Unidos People for Parks, Los Angeles sponsored program. The Matadors worked with local children on a variety of basketball skills in what served as a quasi-homecoming for CSUN head coach Jason Flowers.
Earlier this fall, the Matadors teamed with 30+ area children to work on a variety of basketball skills at the Imperial Courts Rec Center. For Flowers, who started his basketball and baseball playing days under the tutelage of Lo Clark at the 109th Street Park in Watts, it was nice to see things come full circle.
"Lo was a Pac-8 official and my first t-ball coach," Flowers said. "He was the supervisor at the park and was one of the many people who helped grow and follow my dreams."
The Matadors were able to participate in the event after teaming with Jack Foley, an emeritus faculty member from the Department of Leisure Studies and Recreation at Cal State Northridge.
The goal of People for Parks is to give every child in Los Angeles a safe park within walking distance that uses smart recreation as a gang prevention strategy. Foley has served as the President of People for Parks since 2002.
"This event is just the beginning of a partnership we hope to establish with One Watts-Unidos and People for Parks," Flowers added.