Central’s new coach to run free ‘pick-up’ basketball clinic for city’s youth

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Manchester Central Basketball Coach Sudi Lett.

MANCHESTER, NH – A free week-long basketball clinic will be held June 25 – 29 at Sheridan-Emmet Park (324 Beech St.) basketball court for kids grades 4-12. The sessions will run from 5-7 p.m. led by incoming Central High School basketball coach Sudi Lett.

Lett says he wants to begin reaching out to kids around the city and start building relationships, with particular outreach to those kids who may not have other summer recreation opportunities.

“My hope was to be able to get the kids who can’t afford to go to some of the other camps,” says Lett. “Also it’s a chance for the kids to do something positive in the evening.

A 2003 Central grad, Lett went on to study at Tuskegee University and now works in special education for the school district. He spent the past three seasons as coach at Litchfield’s Campbell High School where he led the boys basketball team to the Division III finals.

He’s excited to return to his alma mater, and reconnect with young Manchester athletes.

Over the years Lett also has coached and trained many of NHIAAs best players, including University of Kentucky’s Wenyen Gabriel, Lehigh University’s Troy Pelletier, and SNHU Penman Devin Gilligan. Lett also for several years ran a grassroots training and AAU program, with an emphasis on helping youth who can’t afford the program financially.

As for organizing a summer clinic, Lett says it’s the best way to connect with kids who will be Central bound.

He’s spreading the word via social media, and is hoping for a good turnout.

“The more the merrier. Just bring a basketball and a positive attitude,” he says.

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