This summer, hoopwear company Above the Rim and non-profit organization Hoops By the River will partner on several events geared towards helping children and teenagers develop a sense of caring for their community as they transition from young men and women to adults. Yesterday afternoon, the two forces teamed up to host the Above the Rim NY Skillz Clinic at Thomas Jefferson Park, where kids worked out, improved their skills, and embraced the game. It was the second event that Hoops By the River and Above the Rim partnered on this past week. Earlier during the Memorial Day weekend, both organizations joined together to promote the 6th Annual Stop the Violence Day, a full day of basketball that included five games with players ranging in age from 8 to 28. Below are photos from the event. From Hoops By The River:

“The clinic was the second stop in a series of instructional clinics being sponsored by Above the Rim. Fifty of the city’s top high school players participated in Thursday’s clinic, where NY Gauchos coach, Cliff Morgan, led the group through a college-level conditioning and skills workout. Sporting their new Above the Rim performance apparel, the players stayed cool and dry during the intense two hour session. Following the workout, the players scrimmaged for the final 30 minutes of the clinic. Streetball legend Corey “Homicide” Williams made a special appearance and also coached players while providing tips on how to achieve the next level of success in the sport. Hoops By the River is part of Above the Rim’s community-based, youth development grant program the A.T.R. Project (Assisting the Rise)™. Hoops By the River assists members through mentoring programs, job skills training and by creating a positive environment that teaches individuals how to grow in both professional and personal levels.”