01.29.13: The CCRI Lady Knights basketball team shared their knowledge and expertise with the St. Margaret Catholic Athletic League girls’ basketball team on Wednesday January 16th. It was a homecoming for CCRI Lady Knights’ Head Coach Kate Lynch who had played for the team 12 years ago.
The Lady Knights had were just coming off a very important 75-73 overtime victory over the defending National Champion Mustangs of Monroe College and took time out of their busy class, practice and work schedules to pass along their tutelage to the young hoopsters of St. Margaret. Coach Lynch commented about giving back to the team of her youth: “This is why I got into coaching, to give back. It is easy to rest on your laurels and just be happy with a good season that we are having. However, when the opportunity arose to be able to come back here to St. Margaret with the team we leaped at the chance. I also knew that our young ladies like to share their experiences and give back, which as a coach makes me proud. That was me a few years ago, so to give back is important to me, as I told Coach Rosa, as much as we may have helped you today, your players helped ours to become better people in the process as well. It is always better to give than receive.”
It took a while for the youngsters from St. Margaret to warm up to the Lady Knights as they may have been a little intimidated as they have watched some of the players play in games and probably did not believe that they had this opportunity, CCRI Co-Captain Captain Jahira Smith (Brooklyn, NY) commented “What I will remember most is different they were from the beginning of the day to the end. At first, they were really shy and quiet but by the end they were really getting into it, learning and having fun, as I did.” Smith added “I love giving back to young players, teaching them what I know. I didn’t really have role models like that when I was younger, teaching me the correct way to dribble and other advanced skills. So for me to be able to give back is important and makes me feel good, and to see the smiles on their faces made it all of their faced made it worthwhile”
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.