Talladega College’s women’s basketball coach Romeo Lagmay and baseball coach Will Ramos were on hand to talk to the attendees about the tools it takes to succeed in athletics and in life.
Lagmay began his talk by showing off the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Championship Trophy his team won in March. He then talked about what he looks for when recruiting athletes to play college ball.
“My biggest thing when I recruit basketball players I look at attitudes first,” Lagmay told the audience of 8-14 year olds.
Lagmay went on to explain that when looking at possible players to add to his team, there are many things other than athletic ability that make a person a good fit for his squad. In addition to displaying a good attitude while on the court and on the bench, Lagmay said being on time, making good grades and staying away from drugs and alcohol were all things he look at when recruiting players.
After talking about the type of character he looks for in potential players, Lagmay then took volunteers from the audience and showed them a few basketball techniques. Talladega College Athletic Director and baseball coach Will Ramos closed the assembly with a reminder to the children to focus on getting an education whether they are pursuing a career in athletics or not.
The Summer Enrichment Program is in its second year of existence in Talladega and there are more than 150 children involved this summer. The program began June 1 and will run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. through the end of July. The parks and recreation department brings in speakers from businesses in the community each Wednesday throughout the program.