By Justin A. Rice, Globe Correspondent
The Boston Scholar Athletes program and Shooting Touch are providing prospective BPS boys' and girls' high school basketball players access to free conditioning sessions this fall prior to the winter season.
The program, Demand Excellence, is designed by Bob Hurley Sr., legendary boys' coach at St. Anthony High in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Until Nov. 17, Demand Excellence will run twice a week at the Madison Park Community Center. Wednesday’s sessions will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m., while Saturday's will be from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
"If it promises one thing, players will be in the best shape of their playing lives in time for the winter season," according to a press release announcing the program. "All players will go through intense conditioning drills focused on basketball quickness, agility, and stamina.
"Shooting exercises will be incorporated into the workouts, primarily to get players comfortable playing through exhaustion."
Students who are Active members of BSA Zones in their high schools do not need to have a release form completed. Those who are not signed up with their BSA Zones, however, must turn in a completed and signed release form.
Completed forms may be brought on the day of the workouts. Only one form must be turned in for the entire program.
Hurley himself will be provide all Boston school basketball coaches with a clinic Dec, 28.
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