The Scott Pace Basketball Clinic teaches youth more than basketball

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a day of hoops

BRAWLEY – The Captain Scott Pace Memorial Basketball Clinic tipped off Saturday morning at the Gateway Church Gym with a packed house of young basketball athletes ready to learn and sharpen their basketball skills under the tutelage of experienced valley coaches and current high school players.

In what was a fun Saturday, children of all ages were on hand, ready to learn the game from local coaches Andy Burnett, Marcus Tapia, Rahshan Overton and Phil Grant.

Meriah Overton and David Tapia were also on hand to assist coaches in teaching the kids correct dribbling, passing, and shooting technique.

“Teaching kids about the game of basketball and the values within the Pyramid of Success, all in Scott’s name, was truly a privilege,” said coach Andy Burnett of the successful event.

Scott Pace was a scholar-athlete and captained the Brawley High Basketball team during his senior year in 1997.

After high school Scott attended BYU, went on a mission’s trip for his church, and then transferred to West Point were the scholar- athlete played on the Varsity team as he studied Nuclear Physics.

Scott rose to the rank of captain and flew OH-58D Kiowa helicopters.

On August 6th, 2012, Captain Scott Pace piloted his aircraft into harms way while aiding his fellow soldiers on the ground during a fire-fight in Afganistan. His helicopter was shot down during enemy fire.

“Scott would be so pleased to see his teammates, coaches, and family members all coming together to serve the youth in our community. A great day, a great clinic with great kids all to honor a great warrior who was an amazing person,” added Burnett.