The Spring Hill College men's basketball brought smiles to the faces of several Mobile-area youths over the holiday season when they hosted a basketball clinic in conjunction with the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
SHC Head Coach Robert Thompson along with his staff and Badger players conducted the clinic for local 4th grade CYO basketball players and according to Thompson, "Everyone had a great time improving their skills and just having fun while supporting a great cause."
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. It also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
To learn more, or to donate toward the fight against cystic fibrosis, please visit http://www.cff.org/.