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OC basketball coaches hold clinic at juvenile detention center

OC assistant basketball coach Rob McKinzie (center) speaks to a group of residents at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center while head coach Dan Hays (left) watches.
OC assistant basketball coach Rob McKinzie (center) speaks to a group of residents at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center while head coach Dan Hays (left) watches.

TECUMSEH, Okla. (Oct. 4, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian coaches recently conducted a different kind of basketball clinic – one held at a juvenile detention facility.

OC men’s coach Dan Hays and assistants Terrill Hankins and Rob McKinzie spent part of a day in Pottawatomie County at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center, where they were invited by OC alumnus Richard Yahola, who is a counselor at the facility.

The COJC is a medium-security facility operated by the state Office of Juvenile Affairs. The center’s residents are between the ages of 12 and 19 and have been convicted as a delinquent or as youthful offenders.

The OC coaches put on a 1½-hour clinic for 13 of the center’s residents.

“I appreciated the opportunity to have Oklahoma Christian men’s basketball coaching staff to talk to the residents and come over,” Hays said. “The least we can do is come out and visit. I hope the residents (at COJC) can pick up a thing or two about basketball or a life skill that will encourage them to learn and when the second opportunity comes to do the right thing.”