Jan Dekker, resident of Estes Park and longtime captain of the ex-Dutch international basketball team, has hosted an event at the Estes Valley Leisure Center which will see the current Dutch basketball team come to town to take on the Estes Park All-Stars and host a clinic for young hoopers in the community.
The first clinic is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Recreation Center and the second clinic will take place the following day, May 6.
On Wednesday, May 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Orange veterans will practice and a sound check will be conducted at the Recreation Center.
On Thursday, May 5, from 1 to 2 p.m., the 4th graders and half of the 3rd graders will participate in the clinic and from 6 to 8 p.m., the Orange Veterans basketball team (Dutch Nationals) will face the Estes Park All-Stars. .
On Friday, May 6, from 1 to 2 p.m., the 5th graders and the other half of the 3rd graders will participate in the clinic.
High school students are encouraged to come on both days and parent admission to the clinic is free.
“On Thursday (May 5) the ex-Dutch basketball internationals travel to Estes Park to play a game against the Estes Park All Stars,” Dekker said. “In addition, one of their players, 6’11” Henk Pieterse, gives two basketball clinics for local middle and high school kids, also at the rec center.
The Estes Park All-Stars will play in forest green jerseys printed by Trail Ridge Printing and are exclusively sponsored by EstesPark.com.
Their roster consists of the following players: Matt Kinnett, Tom Kostohryz, Ray Kostohryz, Pepijn Dekker, Larry Rehn, Dion Dekker, Tre Henricks, Justin Alexander, Nathan Kinley and Dennis Gellhaus. The coaches are Tony Salerno and Estes Park high school basketball coach Nik Buchman.
“I will play one half with them and play the other half with my Dutch national team mates,” Dekker said. “I would like to thank the Estes Valley Recreation Center and in particular Nolan Oberg and Lauren Pavlish for their generous help in organizing and their tremendous help in making this event a success.”
Entrance to the basketball game is also free.