It’s always nice to see the Toronto Raptors giving back to the community. Terence Davis II and Matt Thomas made their way to the Falstaff Community Centre in North York over the weekend to host a special basketball clinic with a group of future all-stars.
The Raptors duo helped show the kids the fundamentals of the game, but there were plenty of moments where the guys were filmed goofing around with their young prodigies, and that’s really what it's all about in the end, doing what you love and having fun with it.
“Basketball teaches a lot of life lessons; you know it has for me. I have done a lot of clinics when I was a kid, and you build a lot of friendships, a lot of relationships, and like I said, you learn a lot of things that carry over in all aspects of life,” Thomas told Global News.
Thomas can also be seen teaching a group of kids about the fundamentals of shooting in a brief video. In the clip, the player explains an acronym, which he uses when he shoots, B.E.E.F, which stands for Balance, Eyes, Elbows, and Follow-Through.
The clinic took place at the newly refurbished basketball court, which was constructed as part of the organization's “Welcome Toronto” initiative.
The effort is part of a $1 million multi-year pledge to help rebuild local community basketball courts.
Teaching that 99% technique. @Theiceman_21 | #WeTheNorth https://t.co/KBpve12DfE— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1574012814.0
Amazing day with the kids as we opened up our 5th refurbished @welcomeOVO court in the Falstaff Community.… https://t.co/xha3TkpaQO— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1574019639.0
“This organization is more than just a basketball game, we care about kids, we care about others,” Davis added.
“Basketball in Canada is really up and coming; this doesn’t do anything but add to it.”
I had a great time this morning. Thanks to everyone involved for making this a special opportunity for the kids!! https://t.co/VzG8mCJU2U— Matthew W. Thomas (@Matthew W. Thomas)1574038204.0
Davis and Thomas aren’t the only Raptors helping out their community.
Both Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka have hosted their own events to give back to the city that has given them both so much.
📸 • 10/15/19 • #LowrysThanksgivingAssist https://t.co/cKBGQdK6J5— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors)1571190133.0