Steve Fisher Headlines Wooden Legacy YMCA Clinic
Oct. 17, 2013
ANAHEIM - It is rare for a men's basketball coach to have a day off in the middle of October. It is even rarer to spend that day off the way San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher did.
On Wednesday, the two-time national coach of the year took a rare break from preparing for the upcoming season to headline a free youth clinic at the West Anaheim Youth Center. Fisher spent the day in Anaheim promoting the DirecTV Wooden Legacy event, which will be held on the Cal State Fullerton campus on Nov. 28 and 29 and at Honda Center on Dec. 1. The event will be televised by the ESPN family of networks.
Prior to his media obligations, Fisher and Greg Wooden, grandson of legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, and members of the Wooden Legacy event hosted a clinic for a number of youth, ages 9-12.
Fisher stressed the importance of fundamentals, in both academics as well as athletics, to the participants.
"If you do not have fundamentals for your academic subjects, you will find that school will become more and more difficult," Fisher said. "The same is true in athletics. You must have a fundamentally sound foundation if you want to reach your full potential."
After speaking to the kids, Fisher and San Diego State director of basketball operations Matt Soria, put the groups through a number of on-court drills.
Later in the day, Fisher made an appearance at Honda Center for the Anaheim Ducks NHL game against the Calgary Flames. The Aztecs have a rich history in the building. In fact, it was just 319 days ago that the Aztecs defeated 24th-ranked UCLA, 78-69, in front of 17,204, most of whom were cheering for the Red and Black.
San Diego State will be back in the venue on the one-year anniversary of that date to play in the Wooden Legacy. The event opens at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 28 and 29, before concluding at Honda Center on Dec. 1.
The Aztecs will open the event against the College of Charleston on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. PT at Titan Gym in Fullerton.
Limited tournament ticket packages and single-day tickets are available in the San Diego State seating area through the SDSU ticket office at Qualcomm Stadium, Window E or by calling (619) 283-7378.
Below are comments from Fisher during some of his media interviews Wednesday afternoon.
About being able to instruct younger kids:
About being associated with event that features the John Wooden name:
"He is the greatest coach in the history of sports. John Wooden epitomizes what we all inspire to be. To be part of anything associated with his name is an honor and a privilege. We are very excited about this event and very much looking forward to it. The final day is in the Honda Center is a phenomenal venue and one that San Diego State will bring a lot of people to."