Hawk basketball is in full swing and for the ninth straight year, Howard College is teaming up with Wells Fargo to present the 2012-2013 Hawk Buddies Basketball Program.
Directed by HC Head Women's Basketball Coach Earl Diddle and Assistant Coach Addie Lees, the Hawk Buddies program has much to offer any budding hoops star.
Slated for Dec. 8, registration will be held from 8:30-9 a.m., and is followed by the Buddies Clinic. Diddle, Lees and the Lady Hawk squad will be instructing the participants on the fundamentals of basketball in a 90-minute minicamp. After the clinic is complete, a pizza party will be held.
The $20 per child entry fee includes a Hawk Basketball and free admission for the child and his or her entire family to every Hawk home game for the duration of the season.
The Hawk Buddies will be recognized at halftime of the Saturday, Feb. 9 home game against South Plains College. The Lady Hawks will be signing autographs and posing for court side pictures immediately following the game.
According to Diddle, the camp is a way to get the community and the young Hawk fans closer to the action.
“I think it's great,” Diddle said. “It builds a relationship between our players and the youth. We couldn't do it without Wells Fargo.”
The Lady Hawks also look forward to the event, which has gained popularity and grown in numbers since its inception.
“Our players really love it,” Diddle added. “I really enjoy it, too. It's good for the community. We will do some drills and we will talk about academics and goals. And the kids get to meet our players and get to know us better.”
Diddle — the nine-year Hawks coach — has taught basketball across the globe. Under his tutelage, the United Arab Emirates Olympic team finished eighth place in the 13th Annual Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand and placed third in the Asian Pro Tournament in Hong Kong, China. Diddle is the second winningest coach at Eastern New Mexico University, leading his squads to an overall record of 156-124.
Since taking the helm at Howard College, Diddle has helped create a winning women's basketball tradition. His teams are also noted for their academic achievements.
Last year, the Lady Hawks held the highest G.P.A. — an average of 3.23 — of any other athletic organization on campus.
For more information about Hawk Buddies, contact Diddle at 254-5043 or Lees at 264-5155. Or write the HC Women's Basketball Office, 1001 Birdwell Lane, Big Spring, TX 79720. A permission slip must be signed by a parent or guardian.