In Spring 2010, some 15 girls from Girls Inc. in Taunton, MA arrived at
Roger Williams Univesrity for a basketball clinic and computing
workshop. Six students from Roger William -- three women from the
varsity basketball team and six women computing majors mentored the
visiting girls. All the mentors participated in both arts -- the
basketball students had to learn the computing program and the
programming students had to learn basketball. One of them, an
international student, had never held a basketball before so it was a
challenge for the mentors on both aspects.
We began in the basketball arena and ran basketball drills led by the
Lady Hawks. These drills included defensive maneuvers, like footfires,
and offensive roles, like shooting.
Following the basketball clinic, we went
to the computer lab to create animations of the basketball experiences.
Following the computing session, the
visitors joined their mentors for lunch in the University dining room.
The notion of an ice cream machine and unlimited ice-cream cones was
almost the highpoint for the day.