Cub Scouts Train Like Trojans

    Darion Clark offers a lesson on shooting technique.

    Jan. 29, 2014

    Last Sunday, before displaying their resilience and dedication on the court in an overtime thriller against Stanford, the Trojan Men's Basketball Team took time to prove their dedication to the community. On the practice courts of the Galen Center, four athletes hosted nearly 100 local Cub Scouts for a clinic on jump shots, layups, and commitment.

    Athletes Darion Clark, Samer Dhillon, Danny Munoz, and Devon Pflueger each hosted a skills station throughout the gym. Dhillon focused on passing, Munoz on free throws, Clark on layups, and Pflueger on the hallmark of Coach Andy Enfield's offense: slam dunks. But in between these lessons on the court, the athletes offered words of advice from USC's SCORE curriculum, telling the scouts to work hard, focus on academics, eat healthy, and support their peers.

    The day, organized by the USC Athletics' Ticket Sales Department, capped a month long partnership between the Trojan Basketball programs and Los Angeles scouts. With two previous clinics for Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, the department has worked to put children in contact with great role models.

    After their clinic, the children enjoyed lunch and watched an exciting match-up between their new mentors and Stanford. Attendees were awarded a Trojan Badge in the scouting tradition, a badge that recognizes the perseverance and excellence of the Trojan athlete, while also acknowledging the acquired skill of a solid jump shot.