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Inspire hoops camp grows in second year

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

Scott Grade wants his players to learn the fundamentals of basketball at Logan High School, but he knows how important lessons off the court can be too.

On Saturday, those two initiatives came together on the gymnasium floor, as the Rangers hosted the second annual Inspire Sports hoops camp for special needs children.

The camp brought together 41 children with a range of disabilities for nearly two hours to shoot hoops, learn new skills, and make new friends dealing with similar circumstances.

Sophomore Caitlyn Keil was a part of the first camp last year at Logan High School, which featured two dozen participants. She said there was a noticeable difference in the gym this year.

"It definitely increased the energy level. They're all having fun laughing, running around, just wanting to have a good time, and we did too," Keil said. "Not everything's fair in life, we should be thankful and happy with your life. They're happy and laughing all the time and they don't even get to do half of the things we get too."

Grade partnered with former Rangers coach Lucas Jadin to host the first camp a year ago. Jadin said running the camp was easier this year since the basketball team knew what to expect, but the valuable lessons learned by both sides remained the same.

"The largest impact is on the mentors that come, who during the middle of their season - and it gets to be a grind in the long cold months that are coming - they get to see kids that just by stepping on the floor are fulfilled, that just by being in the action, get to enjoy each other," Jadin said. "They don't need to go out and score, they don't have to have their name announced. Just by being here, they get to reach total satisfaction."

More information about Inspire Sports can be found here.

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