NEW YORK – The Columbia men’s basketball team continued its relationship with New York City Christian Athletic League (NYCCAL) as they volunteered at local clinics in the Bronx on April 26 and May 3.

The players along with the Lions’ coaching staff ran skill stations over a three-hour period on each day and helped organize and run the tryouts for the organization’s recreational league.

Additionally, head coach Kyle Smith spoke to the group of nearly 100 kids about what it takes to become a collegiate student-athlete and shared some of his knowledge of the game.

Organized by the NYCCAL and league president Edwin Santiago, the clinic’s mission is to give local children an opportunity to participate in a productive extra-curricular activity while gaining life values such as teamwork, responsibility and trust.

“Edwin Santiago and Columbia basketball have built a great partnership in giving back to kids from his Bronx community,” said Columbia’s Director of Basketball Operations Mike Magpayo. “These kids love basketball and were so excited to learn from our players. Since many of the kids attended games this year, they really looked up to our players, so it was nice to be able to give something back to them.”