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Hudson coach to host coaches clinic to raise money for scholarship


Hudson boys basketball coach Wayne Perry is turning his adversity into good charity for others — and he’s inviting basketball coaches from all over the area to help him out, while gaining some valuable hoops knowledge.

Perry is hosting what he hopes to be the first annual “Brains and Basketball Coaches Clinic” in Hudson on Saturday, Sept. 26, in hopes of raising money for scholarship that hits close to home.

He is starting the Brains and Basketball Scholarship, which will be made available each year to a Lenawee County
varsity basketball player (male or female) who wants to pursue a degree in the medical field.

On Jan. 23, 2009 Perry suffered a brain hemorrhage while coaching against Blissfield, without any symptoms or forewarning.

Six days later Perry underwent a life-saving, four-hour brain surgery to repair five hemorrhages caused by dural arterial fistula, an abnormal connection between arteries and veins that causes blood to leak.

He is hosting this clinic for any basketball coaches, from the youth league ranks to high school coaches to AAU generals.

The clinic will start at 9 a.m. in the Hudson High School gym and the list of speakers set to appear is quite impressive: NAIA Hall of Fame Coach Fred Smith, Mike Howe of the D1 Sports Academy, basketball analyst Stan Joplin, Spring Arbor University men’s basketball coach Ryan Cottingham , Siena Heights University men’s basketball coach Al Sandifer, Adrian College men’s basketball coach Mark White, and Jackson Community College women’s basketball coach Andy Hoaglin.

The cost of the clinic is $40 per coach which includes a coaches notebook and lunch.

The first 50 coaches to pre-register will also receive a ticket to a Detroit Pistons preseason game.

To pre-register or for more information please e-mail hudsonnbball@yahoo.com or contact Wayne Perry at 517.448.8950.

Registration begins at 8:30 am on Saturday September 26th for those who don’t pre register.

Look for a more in-depth look at how Perry is doing and how his life has changed in the near future.

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About rjwalters

I am what you think I am — a journalist. Actually when I was hired at my current job, which by the way is Sports Editor of the Hillsdale Daily News in Hillsdale, Mich., I applied for a position titled "Wordsmith", so at my best I'll call myself a writer attempting to be a wordsmith extraordinaire.

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