April 4, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas - It's shaping up to be a busy weekend for UT Arlington men's basketball coach Scott Cross with the Final Four in town. He'll be involved in clinics across the Metroplex, along with attending the climax of another basketball season at AT&T Stadium.
With college basketball's showcase being just a long jumper from College Park Center, Cross believes the glow of the Final Four will shine on UT Arlington.
"It's great exposure for the university and having it here in Arlington is exciting," Cross said. "There are going to be so many coaches and people coming in that all eyes are going to be on Arlington. It's great for recruiting, and hopefully for getting people interested in basketball and coming to our games."
Cross is overseeing an NCAA Men's Final Four Coca-Cola Youth Clinic, a community outreach program that looks to connect underserved youth with NCAA Championships. The men's basketball coach staff -associate head coach Greg Young, assistant Andrae Patterson, assistant Zak Buncik and director of basketball operations Brett Cervantes - along with men's and women's basketball student-athletes are also volunteering.
The clinic, which takes place Saturday at the Elzie Odom Athletic Center in Arlington, is an opportunity for youth to receive basketball skill instructions and tips on healthy living. The clinic also has a parent component that provides information regarding recruiting, eligibility rules, and an inside look at collegiate athletics from those involved.
The clinic will host 250 youth from the Arlington area, including the basketball team that Cross' son Austin plays for.
"It's fun to work with the kids and watch them grow," Cross said. "It'll be quite an event having 250 kids there at Elzie Odom for four hours. I think we have it organized well. We'll have our coaches and players there from the men's and women's team. The kids will definitely benefit from it and have fun at the same time."
Cross is also taking part in a clinic at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Monday afternoon, and a Coaches vs. Cancer event with Fran Fraschilla and other local coaches.
"There are just so many events going on," Cross added. "It'll be great exposure for the university and I'm looking forward to it."
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