Local Basketball Coach Helps Girls Achieve College Dreams

Basketball coach Mike Larkin has quite the coaching resume. He has coached and trained players in the United States, Europe, and the Bahamas. For the last five years, the Jupiter resident has coached local girls, ranging from fifth to 12th grade.

In that five year period, his Hoops City program has sent countless high school seniors to college on basketball and academic scholarships, including five this year. Kiandra Bowers, Ayanna Holmes, Samantha Goldis, Elizabeth Bolchoz, and Lauren Janka all signed letters of intent to play college basketball at schools throughout the country.

iStock_000016157408XSmallTraining at the North Palm Beach Recreation Center, girls from all over Palm Beach County come to learn and work on their game from Larkin and his staff of volunteer coaches. Larkin was a highly recruited high school point guard in Connecticut growing up and emphasizes fundamentals over winning.

His program, which is a nonprofit organization has now sent 10 girls to college on scholarship in it’s five years of existence, something that he is proud of, especially since most of the girls come from single parent homes.

“Our five scholarships this year now make 10 in five years,” Larkin told the Palm Beach Post. “That’s $1.8 million in scholarship money. And 80 percent of our girls come from single-parent households.”

For more information on Hoops City, visit their website at www.hoopscityflorida.com.

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