Lion Great Anthony Ireland Holds 2nd Annual Skills Academy at the YMCA


By Andy Hui

Former LMU basketball standout Anthony Ireland continues to dish out assists both on and off the court after a stellar career.  After starting the season playing in Greece, Ireland concluded the 2015-16 season playing for Trefl Sopot in Poland.  Later this month, Ireland will host his second annual Skills Academy in his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut through the Greater Waterbury YMCA.  The Skills Academy is for children ages 10-14 and costs $100 for three days of intensive basketball training.  Ireland spent time honing his skills at the Y and is putting to good use lessons learned at LMU on the importance of service to others.  This year’s event will be held June 22-24, 2016, at Waterbury’s Police Activity League.  Ireland is committed to the YMCA’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility through positive role modeling and important “teachable moments”.  Ireland plans on returning to Southern California later this summer to prepare for the 2016-17 season where he will return for his second season with Trefl Sopot.

Here is a great video of Ireland’s highlights

“It’s been a dream of mine to organize a basketball camp in my hometown, said Ireland.  The idea came to fruition while I was playing professionally in France in my first year after LMU.  Last year, about a third of our campers were able to receive some form of financial aid to help offset the costs to attend.  This year, I am looking for help in increasing that number so that more kids can participate in a worthwhile project that is supported by many in the Waterbury community.”


Please join the LMU Lions Roar staff in making a gift to the Greater Waterbury YMCA so that kids who do not have the financial means to attend AI’s skills academy can do so.  Your tax deductible gift will help make a positive impact in a child’s life and allow him/her to spend time with one of LMU’s truly great ambassadors.  To make a gift, please call the Greater Waterbury YMCA at (203) 754-9622 and designate your gift to the AI3 Basketball Skills Academy and mention that you are associated with Loyola Marymount University.  For more information on the event, please contact Mr. Dazure Prado at or at the number listed above Extension 162.

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