Defense, dribbling and communication. Those were just some of the lessons Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich (BGCG) alumnus Phaethon Bolton taught kids during a basketball clinic Wednesday afternoon.
"It's just something to come back and touch the kids a little bit and give them an opportunity to learn the game and give them a chance to compete as well. The Boys and Girls Club had a really big impact on me. It's a great place where kids can have their dreams nutured and people who are really investing in them with time and resources, so it's important for me to come back and do this," said Bolton, who has been running the basketball clinic the past three years.
"Phaethon is a good person to begin with and it helps me get better at basketball," said Nicholas, a member of the BGCG.
In addition to improving their game, Bolton inspired kids to be their best on and off the court.
"It's a place to hang out and the staff is really influential and they really help me with my homework and other things," said Robby, a member of the BGCG.
Bolton says while he may not be the tallest guy on the court he had a lot people who supported him and urged him to follow his dreams. "I had a lot of people tell me it wasn't going to work out but I also had a lot of people encouraging me to follow my dreams no matter what. That is the message I wanted to give to them. Whether they want to be firefighters or lawyers or doctors, there is always going to be someone telling them they can't go after their dreams, so it's important for me to encourage them no matter what it is that they want to go after."