Siena and UAlbany donate $10,000 to Hood’s House of Hoops
ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The University of Albany and Siena College men’s basketball programs united Saturday morning in Albany, NY, in support of Hood’s House of Hoops, an Albany-based organization that aims to building community leadership through basketball.
The Albany and Siena athletic departments, combined with MVP Health Care, presented Hood’s with a check for $10,000. Members of both men’s basketball teams also offered a clinic for Capital Region children at the Hood facility.
Great Danes head coach Dwayne Killings acknowledges the huge impact the event can have on aspiring basketball players.
“I think it just shows an opportunity,” Killings said. “For bringing five, six, seven, eight year old kids to the gym, playing basketball, and then they seek out and work with basketball players from our program in UAlbany, as well as from Siena; I think what it really shows is that dreams are possible for all of these kids.
Saints head coach Carmen Maciariello acknowledges that while the opportunity for his players to work with the younger generation can be as beneficial for the former as it is for the latter.
“It’s think it’s a…great form of reciprocity,” Maciariello said. “When our guys see, you know, the joy they can bring to young kids, it also maybe brings back some great memories for them when they were younger. It really shows them how much they appreciate playing at Siena College and what we mean to the community.
MVP Health Care is sponsoring the Albany Cup on Nov. 12 between UAlbany and Siena. Saturday’s festivities were the only time the two programs will be together until game day.