Registration Open for Hilo Youth Basketball Clinic

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The Big Island Sports Academy (BISA) will hold a full-day youth basketball clinic on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Panaewa Park Gym in Hilo.

The clinic is designed to provide boys and girls in grades four through six with the fundamental concepts and skills of the game.

Coach John Livsey, BISA youth basketball coordinator, and Phranklin McKinney, BISA coordinator of player development, will lead participating students through fun and creative drills to develop their skills.


Livsey brings more than 20 years of coaching experience with a background in camp and clinic leadership. He has coached at all levels, including 15 years at the high school and junior college level in both Arizona and Wisconsin. Livsey has long time association with Hawai‘i Island as a camp and clinic instructor and currently serves as a teacher at Honoka‘a Elementary School. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and holds a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Coach Phranklin McKinney is a veteran coach with a rich background in youth basketball training as coordinator of elite player development. He has served as assistant coach with Los Medanos College and CSU Monterey Bay, as well as head coach of the ABA Richmond Rockets, where he also served as the general manager and director of player development. McKinney finished his career at University of Hawai‘i at Hilo in 1984, and began a 14-year professional career with stops on four continents that ended in the Philippines in 1998. During the international off seasons, he played in the prestigious San Francisco Summer Pro-Am league where he was a two-time MVP.

Interested parents are encouraged to register for the youth clinic as soon as possible, as enrollment is limited. Applications can be obtained at all public elementary schools, County of Hawai`I Parks and Recreation Centers, or by contacting Coach Livsey via email at or by phone at (808) 365-4831.


The registration fee is $25 and provides a BISA t-shirt, lunch and awards. To register, contact Bill Trumbo by email at or by calling BISA at (808) 322-9419. Payments can be made by credit card. On-site registration will also be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the clinic, if spaces are still available.

Big Island Sports Academy is a community-based nonprofit committed to providing opportunities for Hawai‘i Island youth to enrich their educational experience through sports.

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