Twenty-five years ago, LINDA ROBERTS, KATHIE EILAND-MADISON, LISA LISSAMORE, DEB STAMPLEY and PEGGY JACKSON, among others, decided to give back to the community after their outstanding college
basketball careers ended by forming the Shooting Stars Clinics for young girls aspiring to learn about basketball and life.
For the past two decades, the clinic focused on providing an affordable, quality clinic that was facilitated by African American women.
A few weeks ago the torch was passed from Roberts, the former St. Paul Central girls’ basketball great who went on to become one of the best players to ever play for the University of Minnesota, to another former Gopher standout, CRYSTAL FLINT.
Under the direction of Flint, who has been an instructor since 1999, the name of the clinic was changed to the Triple Threatt Basketball Clinic.
The focus remained the same, as the clinic was held at the Martin Luther King Center in St. Paul with two one-week sessions for girls 8-11 years old and 12-16 years old respectively.
“We had a great turnout and the girls learned a lot,” Flint said with enthusiasm. “I am looking forward to next year.”
Former St. Paul Central stars MARTA WHALEN (head coach at Central), ASHLEY ELLIS-MILAN (assistant coach at Concordia University), and DeLaSalle alum TANYSHA SCOTT (head coach at Minneapolis South) served as counselors at the clinic.
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