Butzel Long sponsors basketball camp for special needs kids

Exercise, team-building and fun are advantages of youth sports. Accordingly, the University of Detroit Mercy Titan Athletic Club is hosting its Ninth Annual Basketball Camp for special needs players from 9 a.m. to noon on June 20 at the historic Calihan Hall on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy.

Butzel Long law firm is a sponsor of this year’s event.

The one-day clinic is for any special needs players (all abilities are welcome) ages 12 and older to learn and develop basketball skills. Athletes with trainable mental impairment (TMI), educatable mental impairment (EMI) and other developmental or physical disabilities are encouraged to participate.

“We developed this clinic for special needs kids to help them develop fundamental basketball skills,” said Bernard (Bernie) J. Fuhs, Butzel Long vice president and a former Titan basketball standout, Titan Club member and U of D Mercy alum. “The kids have a blast. It’s a fun way for them to build confidence and learn basketball skills that they can practice throughout the summer.

“This event is a highlight of the year for the Titan Athletic Club members, Titan coaches, players and alumni,” added Fuhs. “At the same time, Butzel Long is a proud sponsor. Our firm has long and strong history of community involvement in the city of Detroit.”

The clinic puts all participants through various drills before ending with a scrimmage.

The fee is $15 per student, which includes a camp T-shirt and tour of Calihan Hall.

Parents/guardians are welcome to stay and watch. A camp-parent room will be available. To register or for more information, call John Hitchings at (313) 993-1700, ext. 7331 or visit www.DetroitTitans.com/TitanClub

The registration deadline is June 18. Families who may need financial assistance, also can inquire about camp sponsorship.