2014-04-25 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

The View From Far Rock
By Ilyassha Shivers

As you guys know I believe that we must prepare our children for the future. And believe it or not one of the keys to success in life is discipline, one way you can teach discipline is through sports. Which leads me to introduce you to a young man who is teaching from that premise.

Carl Benn is the founder of the Far Rockaway Youth Sports Initiative. The group aims to bring recreational basketball along with other sports back to the youth in this community. Carl is supported by his brother Jamal Benn, Sean Scott, Richard Forbes, Rashaun Banjor and Eric Denis. These young men help support the program providing insight and expertise.

I attended the early clinic Saturday with my nephew Joshua. And I was blown away by the drills an skills that are being offered t the children. There was order there was intensity and ther was a bunch of children hav ing a great time. What enjoyed most about the clini was the focus on teaching bas ketball skills such as foot work and technique.

At the end of the workout the children were allowed to show what they learne in a basketball version of steal th bacon. Carl Benn brings a resume tha would impress anyone who knows thing or two about the game. Car played at Lawrence Academy where h won two state championships. He wen on to play at the University of Massa chusetts Lowell where his teams mad it to two Division II Elite 8s.

He started coaching seven years ag and has not looked back since. “As a for mer youth of this community I find i important to provide the same suppor we once received. You’re never too smal to make a difference” Benn said.

FRYSI workouts are held Saturday at the Sorrentino Recreation Center Far Rockaway (grades 1-5 from 9-10:3 a.m. and grades 6-11 from 10:30 a.m 12:30 p.m.) They are currently lookin to start teams and will be holding try outs. It’s always good to learn of new programs geared at helping out chil dren. Tell me what you think. For mor info or comments email me at shiver swave@gmail.com. Let me know what going on. And keep reading The Wave!

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