Sports - July 28, 2010

A special type of water polo clinic

by Wade Avery

South Peninsula Water Polo Club (SoPen), made up of players from Menlo School and other local schools, hosted its 6th annual clinic with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs on July 16 at the Menlo School pool.

About 25 children from Menlo Park, Redwood City and East Palo Alto learned the fundamentals of water polo from SoPen players, who assumed the role of clinic coaches for the day.

Most of the children had played little to no water polo. They met with SoPen coaches Jack Bowen and Tim Kates, who covered the basics. Then, the players worked with the campers on shooting and how to set up an offense. The day ended with a scrimmage between the kids.

In addition to water polo, the campers learned about healthful eating habits and the team's philosophy of "being your best."

"It's really inspirational to watch the whole process," Bowen says.

After the clinic, campers were given healthful snacks, SoPen shirts, and a certificate for their participation.

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