Annual Basketball Clinic Brings Smiles to Children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Nearly 100 children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities had a day to remember playing basketball and making new friends during the fifth-annual basketball clinic held inside the Touro University Nevada gymnasium.

The clinic was hosted by the Sharon Sigesmund Pierce and Stephen Pierce Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. Former NBA first-round pick, and NBA Legends player, Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams, volunteered his time at the basketball clinic that provided the kids with a new shirt, a new basketball, a backpack, and memories they will never forget.

Williams, who spent 10 years in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks, has participated in Touro’s basketball clinic for the last five years.

With two separate sessions, kids completed warmup drills as they ran across the court doing different calisthenics before shooting and dunking with Williams and former NBA player James “Hollywood” Robinson by their side.

Las Vegas Aces center Carolyn Swords and members of their development team also stopped by to spend some time with the kids on the basketball court.

As the children finished their pizza and juice boxes toward the end of the clinic, they eagerly waited in line for Williams to sign their basketballs and backpacks.

“We are so happy to come out here every year and support Touro University Nevada,” Williams said. “This is a great opportunity for the kids and their families to come out and enjoy the game of basketball. We see these kids every year, and we see how much bigger, stronger, and better at basketball they are.”

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