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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Boschee brings taste of KU basketball to Dodge City

  • It's not every day when an opportunity comes along to provide children with a free service to better their basketball game, as well as give them a chance to meet one former and two current Kansas Jayhawk basketball players. This past Monday and Tuesday, over 110 kids seized their chance to get some one-on-one coaching from players that have lived their dreams.


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  • It's not every day when an opportunity comes along to provide children with a free service to better their basketball game, as well as give them a chance to meet one former and two current Kansas Jayhawk basketball players. This past Monday and Tuesday, over 110 kids seized their chance to get some one-on-one coaching from players that have lived their dreams.
         Former KU player Jeff Boschee, who is now an assistant with the Missouri Southern State University basketball program in Joplin, took his camp on the road once again to Dodge City. In years past, Boschee has taken advantage of his ties with the Jayhawk program to get some assistance from players currently on the roster.
         His appearance in Dodge came at an opportune time for kids who want to get better at the game of basketball, but can't afford the multitude of high profile camps across the state. With the help of local businesses, all the entrants into the camp got in free of charge and were even given a t-shirt and basketball for participating.
         It's not Boschee's first rodeo in terms of basketball camps, as the former Big 12 Freshman of the Year took on the role of teaching children the game ever since his professional days ended.
         "I've been doing basketball clinics around the state for six years now and we bring KU basketball players out to certain areas that might not have a chance to get out to a KU game," Boschee said. "It's good to bring KU basketball here. We try to teach them a few things as far as the game goes, yet you still want to have fun with it. Hopefully they can take some of what they learned and apply it down the road."
         Once word spread of a free basketball clinic featuring former and current college players, the entries into the Sheridan Center poured in. Around 55-60 kids signed up each day for the two-day clinic.
         "It was a really good response in the couple of days we were here," Boschee said. "We're very pleased with the number of kids in each session and I think it's huge that the city of Dodge City did a great job in helping us out."
         The camp focused on the basics of the game, but most of it centered around the ability to dribble the basketball. Boschee pointed out that if you can't handle the ball, then it doesn't really matter how well you can shoot.
         The kids were also given a treat as he brough along White and Releford as part of his KU program. White is a freshman-to-be, a standout guard from Chester, Virg., and Releford played big minutes during KU's championship game run this past season. Releford is a senior from Bishop Miege High School in Kansas City.
    Page 2 of 2 -      For Releford, these camps are a special opportunity for players to give back to the community and gives them a different perspective on the game of basketball.
         "It helps a lot for the kids to be able to see that we want to give back," Releford said. "When I was young, I didn't have a chance to come to camps like this, and if I had the chance to work out with someone I looked up to, it would be a great experience."
         Boschee and company will now take their show on the road next week as they will travel to Garden City for another multi-day clinic. As for the kids in Dodge City who had the chance to pick the brains of two dedicated collegiate athletes, it will definitely be a lifelong memory that will live with them long after they hang up their jersey.

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