Diggins returns home to help kids "Shoot 4 the Sky"
By: Kofo Lasaki | wndu.com
SOUTH BEND - Two-time WNBA Allstar, Skylar Diggins, was back at her hometown high school in South Bend to teach the next generation of players.
"Skylar Diggins Shoot 4 The Sky Basketball Camp Tour" at Washington High School is part of her nationwide 13-city tour.
Diggins and her team of coaches and players led an up close and personal basketball camp for kids age 7 - 18.
Campers learn how the WNBA star works out and the drills she does take her game to the next level.
"I've learned how to box-out and do layups and behind my back," says camper LeeAna Hudson.
According to one camper, one of the most important lessons isn’t a drill.
"Go harder, you know. Don’t stop going hard," says camper Keegan Sullican.
Back on the court where a young Diggins shined bright, a younger generation is learning what it takes to shoot like a star.
"People were asking me 'When you were younger, what drills did you do? What skills did you work on? How did you work out and how did you get to where you are?' Well I just wanted to give campers an insider view of how Sky worked out when she was younger. People say 'What drills did you do?' these are the drills that and the people I worked out with," says Diggins.
Diggins had an All-American career at Notre Dame leading the Irish to the National Championship game. She was then drafted by the Tulsa Shock in the WNBA.
The Shock recently moved to Dallas and changed their nickname to the Wings.
The five-time USA basketball gold medalist is back home teaching more than just the basics. The camp teaches life skills, through basketball skills, by encouraging kids tobe the best they can be on and off the court.
This camp is especially important to Diggins since she tore her ACL in the summer.
"With me not play right now, this fulfills my basketball appetite, being able to help the kids and develop the next generation. We have people out here, my staff who really put their heart into it and really wants to get to know the kids and how they can help them," says Diggins.
The day was a return home for a basketball star who never forgets where she came from.
"I'm from south bend and I'm always here and I wanted to come and do this camp at Washington. I wanted people to see our banners and bring my teammates and best friends from Washington and come here and host the camp here and get them involved," says Diggins.
To learn more about the basketball camp tour, visit www.Shoot4theSky website