SE: K-State Hoop Scoop Charity Event an Informative, Inspirational Opportunity for Women

Cindy Sorrick left informed and inspired but still wanting more. It’s why she’s returning to the American Cancer Society’s Hoop Scoop for Women clinic, hosted by the K-State men’s basketball program, again this year. 

“I wanted to know more. The sessions weren't long enough,” Sorrick, software quality assurance coordinator at Kansas State University, said of last year’s Hoop Scoop event. “The sessions were so informative that the coaches really had my attention. Way before I was ready, it was time to move to the next session.”

K-State will host its third-annual Hoop Scoop event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Ice Family Basketball Center, the day after its first exhibition of the season against Pittsburg State. The clinic gives women the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the program while also allowing for them to personally interact with the coaching staff and players. 

The event will include multiple sessions, starting with a special welcome from head coach Bruce Weber. Attendees will also listen to presentations from the coaching and support staff, take part in a question-and-answer session with K-State men’s student-athletes, tour the IBC and Vanier Family Football Complex, and enjoy a catered lunch at the Ahearn Fund Student-Athlete Performance Table. 

“I loved hearing what the coaches do, besides coach. They have so much responsibility. The speakers at the luncheon were inspirational. It was so touching to hear the mother of one of the players tell of her fight with cancer,” Sorrick said of her experience last year. “Also, it was during the tour of the weight room that we learned that D.J. Johnson would be ready to play. I enjoyed hearing about the behind-the-scenes stuff, such as travel, keeping a calendar for each student, and the importance, and insistence, of attending class.

“This was a great opportunity to see the new practice facility. It was nice to hear from the mothers of a few of the players, whether it was to ask questions, add to questions that were already asked, or hearing them speak at the luncheon. I think other women would enjoy hearing the mother/son basketball stories.”

For those specifically interested in learning about the game, Sorrick said there’s plenty covered in that area as well. 

“The coaching staff led several sessions, including showing us drills, explaining screens, and reviewing tapes of games to explain offensive plays and defensive responsibilities,” she said.  “We were encouraged to ask questions, which helped fuel the informative experience.” 

The cost of the camp is $50 a person, with all proceeds benefitting the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer. 

“For the coaches, players and staff to take time away from their already busy schedule to put on this clinic shows just how important this cause is to them,” Sorrick said. “This says to me that Coach Weber teaches more than basketball to his players. He is also teaching them the value of supporting a cause that has probably touched all of them in some way.  It says to me that K-State is all about supporting causes outside of the university that benefit the entire K-State Family.”

Those who attend will automatically receive a clear tote bag that can be used at all K-State Athletics events, a Nike gift, a discounted ticket offer to any home non-conference game and an invitation to watch K-State practice. 

There will also be a live and silent auction with items including: an overnight package for the Wildcat Classic at the Sprint Center against Washington State on Saturday, December 10; a loge box for the Baylor game on Saturday, January 14, 2017; four courtside seats and a restaurant gift card for the Baylor game; dinner at Colbert Hills for two couples hosted by Bruce and Megan Weber; a personalized jersey and signed basketballs by Bruce Weber and women’s head coach Jeff Mittie. 

“It’s a great opportunity for the ladies to come and have an opportunity to see the facilities, learn a little bit about basketball, about our program and then have a little fun and raise a little money for American Cancer Society,” said Weber, entering his fifth season at K-State. 

The deadline to register for the event, available online at this link, is Friday, October 28. Reservations are limited to the first 150 registrants.

It is recommended that all participants dress in casual, purple attire and sneakers.

For more information on the clinic, please contact Bailey Bachamp in the men’s basketball office at (785) 532.6531 or via email at bbachamp@kstatesports.com.