Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2014

Top of the Morning, Aug. 30, 2014

The Illinois football program has hosted "Football 101" events for women in the past. On Tuesday, it's Illinois basketball's turn.

Organized by Allison Groce and basketball office administrator Julie Pioletti, "Chalk Talk, Basketball for Women" plays out from 5-9 p.m. at the Ubben Basketball Complex (register by emailing or call 217-333-3400). Proceeds go to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.

"We're trying to get people excited about basketball," said Allison, wife of UI coach John Groce.

Participants will run through basketball skill stations, tour the training room and listen to John Groce deliver a recruiting pitch. They will also sit down for a scouting session to see how a game plan is put together. Here's more, courtesy Allison Groce.

How many times have you heard John's recruiting pitch?

I have never seen or heard an official in-home visit presentation but I know based on how many conversations and speeches I have overheard I could probably develop a similar outline.

Will massages and ice bags be available?

Not sure about massages but I am sure (athletic trainer) Paul Schmidt can handle any minor injuries that occur.

Are any positions on the coaching staff available if anyone shines bright?

I am confident there are many knowledgeable ladies in the sport of basketball out here in the Champaign community. I have a feeling John and the staff could pick up a few tips of their own.

How long have you and John been involved with Coaches vs. Cancer?

We feel there is so much more to be done to cure this widespread disease. Almost everyone we know has been affected or knows someone who has been affected by cancer and we are truly blessed to be in a position to be able to contribute to such an important cause.

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