Central girl’s basketball team gives back with camp for Riverfront

A one-day basketball camp is giving people with disabilities a chance to hit the hardwood.

The La Crosse Central Girl’s basketball team partnered with Riverfront — soon to be called Aptiv — for a camp at the high school Wednesday.

Members of the team set up stations across the gym, helping Riverfront clients work on skills like shooting, passing and dribbling.

Officials at Riverfront say it’s a learning experience for both their clients, who also learn how to better handle social situations, and the girls on the team.

“It’s just about having fun, and hopefully we’re teaching the girls that people are people and we all have different abilities, no matter who we are,” said Riverfront community outreach specialist Jimmy Westland.

Central senior point guard Sophie Leinfelder agrees, saying it’s definitely an eye-opening and rewarding day for them.

“I think it’s just really a fun and cool experience to see the smiles we put on people’s faces who don’t necessarily get to have the interactions with people every day, and they get to do something new,” said Leinfelder.

This is the third year the Central girl’s basketball team has hosted the camp. Riverfront will change its name to Aptiv in the new year.