The mission of Eugene Ashley High School is to instill in all students a drive for excellence through achievement, honor, and service.
For second year boys basketball coach Web Guthrie, service is an important part of the process for his student-athletes as they get ready for another school year in Monkey Junction.
Coming off a season that saw historical victories for the program and a much-improved mindset on and off the court–thanks to a leader who served his country and graduated from the same school he now teaches and coaches–the Screaming Eagles spent part of this week giving back to the community.
Members of the Screaming Eagles basketball team helped with a three-day camp at the Brigade Boys & Girls Club in Wilmington, dedicating vacation time to the youth of the Port City, while beginning to gel as a unit heading into workouts for the 2015-16 season.
“Our mission is two-fold,” said Guthrie. “First, we want our guys to get involved in their community and make a positive difference to youth by using the game of basketball to teach valuable life lessons. Second, we believe it truly shows our players young kids in our community look up to them. We believe they always leave with a sense of appreciation and understanding that the choices they make matter and have the impact to affect others positively or negatively.”
The camp included kids ages 5-13 and featured three days of working on fundamentals, agility, quickness drills and having fun with competitive drills and games. This is the fourth year the group at Ashley has been working with Brigade and the goal is to continue every summer moving forward.
College-bound athletes Tyre Gathright and Trae Bryant also served as guest speakers during the camp on Tuesday. Gathright is headed to University of North Georgia to continue his basketball career and education, while Bryant will play at UNC-Asheville.
“We believe that to whom much is given, much is expected,” Guthrie added. “Everyone in our program from coaches to players has a responsibility to give back to others. The Brigade Boys & Girls Club is a top-notch organization and makes a positive difference to so many kids.
“Some of my most cherished memories I have with basketball come from putting on these camps. We hope to continue this partnership for a long time to come.”