Illawarra Hawks players helped out young Shellharbour basketballers this week ahead of Sunday's home pre-season game

Moving on up: Stella Maris Primary School student Caiden Judd gets some shooting tips from new Illawarra Hawks recruit Daniel Grida at Shellharbour Village on Monday after school. Pictures: Sylvia Liber.

Moving on up: Stella Maris Primary School student Caiden Judd gets some shooting tips from new Illawarra Hawks recruit Daniel Grida at Shellharbour Village on Monday after school. Pictures: Sylvia Liber.

Illawarra Hawks players Kevin White and Daniel Grida made seven young Shellharbour basketball players dreams come true on Monday when they gave them a coaching session ahead of their involvement in the NSW Catholic Schools Challenge in Bankstown.

Captain coach: Hawks captain Kevin White puts James Crowe, Ryan Bolte, Jack McDonnell, Corey Wilton, Jake Yofchevich and Bailey Roche through some drills.

Captain coach: Hawks captain Kevin White puts James Crowe, Ryan Bolte, Jack McDonnell, Corey Wilton, Jake Yofchevich and Bailey Roche through some drills.

Just a few days before the Hawks themselves play an important pre-season game at WIN Entertainment Centre on Sunday, it was a chance to join in some youthful enthusiasm on a beautiful Spring day at Shellharbour Village.

The Stella Maris Primary students were keen to get some tips from their heroes just weeks before the NBL season kicks off. Hawks Captain Kevin White is studying to one day be a teacher/social worker and loved getting on the court with the eager players from the school.

He said he was also looking forward to getting on the court against the Sydney Kings at the WEC this Sunday from 3pm in front of a home crowd.

“It is good to have our whole group in and getting on the court and competing,” he said.

School principal Danny Sykes said the school challenge was an annual event.

“Parents have been training the different teams and we thought it would be advantageous for these boys to take part in a session run by the Hawks,” he said. 

“It will advance their skills and also help the parents of the children a chance to watch what they do.”

James Crowe said it was awesome to have the two NBL stars at the school and was looking forward to going to some games this year as well.

Daniel Grida said he loved coming out to the schools and meeting Illawarra’s future stars of the game.