An Inside Look at Wildcat Hoops for the Ladies

The inaugural Hoop Scoop for Women clinic took place on Saturday, Oct. 11, and provided women Wildcat fans with an inside look into the K-State basketball program.
"It was a fun event," said K-State head coach Bruce Weber. "I was a little nervous because you never know how many people are gong to sign up when you try something new, but we had done it before at other schools we were at and I think it's a nice way to reach out."
Though he was nervous in the beginning, Weber was happy to announce that, overall, 50 women were in attendance of last weekend's event and, along with the help of his staff, K-State men's basketball helped raise over $6,500 for the American Cancer Society.
"Coach Weber is very supportive of Coaches vs. Cancer initiate and had wanted to do something that was unique and different," said senior representative of the American Cancer Society Stephanie Weiter who played a key role in putting together the event. "Coach wanted it to be for women only, and I think the women really enjoyed that because there are a lot of women who are huge basketball fans, and they don't always have an opportunity that's dedicated to just them to learn more about the sport. This gave them the opportunity to do so."
Hoop Scoop for Women took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wildcats' Basketball Training Facility and through it the attendees had the opportunity to dive deeper into the world of K-State basketball.
From breakout sessions with K-State's strength and conditioning staffs to sessions on developing a scouting report with the Wildcat coaches to spending time with the coaches' wives, the ladies in attendance had an exclusive look at the ins-and-outs of the men's basketball program.
"This was a way to reach out to the women, to the fans," explained Weber. "We made it an inside look at our program. They got to meet our coaches and see what they do, whether that is recruiting, academics, weight training, everything. They got to tour our facilities, we talked a little bit about basketball and then they got to watch a practice and see what that was like."
Giving back, whether to the community or through his passion for Coaches vs. Cancer, is something Weber has proven passionate about since he first stepped on the K-State campus three years ago, and this year's Hoop Scoop For Women wasn't the first time this year he has given back through the American Cancer Society.
In February, during the heat of his 2013-14 basketball season, Weber hosted his second-annual Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge where more than 465 K-State students showed up to shoot baskets to raise money for the cause. For every student that showed up weber donated $1. Fore every free-throw made he donated $10, for each three-pointer made he donated $25 and for each half-court shot Weber donated $100. Students had one chance at each shot and, if they made all three, the Wildcat coach would donate $1,000 to the charity.
By the end of that event, students helped raise $12,500 for Coaches vs. Cancer and Weber's wife, Megan, donated the check to the American Cancer Society at halftime of the Wildcats win over Kansas.
"Coach Weber is such a great ambassador for the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer program," said Weiter. "He's very passionate about the cause and is really very sincere about making a difference. I've heard him speak on a number of occasions, and I've told him there's no better ambassador, there's no one that can speak as well as he does about it. You can tell it's truly from the heart."
The event cost each woman $50 and included the following:
-         Special welcome from head coach Weber
-         Behind-the-scenes look at the K-State basketball program
-         On-court drills led by the coaching staff
-         Developing a scouting report
-         Presentations by the athletic training and strength and conditioning staffs
-         Meet and greet with the wives of the coaching and support staff
-         Tour of the Basketball Training Facility
-         Lunch in the West Stadium Center
-         Silent auction
-         Nike bag
-         Discounted ticket offer to any home non-conference game (excluding Georgia)
-         Group photo with the coaches
-         Invitation to watch practice
"I thought it was so cool because Coach Weber was there the entire event," said Weiter. "It wasn't like he was just there for the morning and then you didn't see him the rest of the day. He led one of the breakout sessions, but then he was also going from breakout to breakout working with the other coaches.
"Everyone on the basketball staff really did an amazing job.  They were all very excited about it as well and you could tell. They put a lot of time and effort into it and it was definitely a quality event. Women left there saying, 'We want you to do this again next year.'"
Finding success in the event's first year, Weber agrees Hoop Scoop for Women is something he hopes continues to grow in the years to come. 
"We got great feedback from the ladies, and they were just kind of amazed at what all goes into a Division I basketball program - what recruiting is like, our nutrition, the things we concentrate on," said Weber, "but the best thing was, is that we raised money for Coaches vs. Caner. Hopefully this is an event that grows and grows in the future."
 

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