Men's Basketball

Vikings Host Clinic

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063 FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, November 20, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College's men's basketball team will take time out today to work with a group of area youngsters. The Vikings will share Hudson Valley's McDonough gym with sixth grade boys and girls from North Colonie's CYC program. The clinic is scheduled to run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This will mark the eighth consecutive year Hudson Valley head coach Vince Medici has organized a youth clinic. Medici's players will run through basketball drills with the children, and discuss the importance of academics. In general, the players will share Medici's coaching philosophy, which stresses the importance of family, academics and athletics, in that order.

Medici, twice named Mountain Valley Conference Coach of the Year, has a lifetime record of 139-70.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.