TEMPLE (June 20, 2012) -- For the players on the Temple Heat, most are thinking about the potential trip to Orlando.
"We've been winning and we're going to nationals in Florida. Orlando, Florida," said Heat forward Ethan Ellis.
"We got to Orlando cause we played defense good and we shot the ball good on offense," said Heat guard Evan Ellis.
"Just playing with this team and helping them out a little bit with their defense," said Heat guard Roman Jackson.
But the the Heat is about more than basketball.
"We found a lot of kids that needed something to keep them off the streets, something to keep them busy. Teach them discipline, respect, good sportsmanship," said Heat head coach Rebecca Thompson. "So we had the idea to go and start the basketball team and utilize it as a tool to teach discipline and respect. And not only that but to keep their grades good in school."
If you don't follow the rules, you don't play
"They really show us how to be disciplined and make good grades in school, said Heat forward Jorge Enciso. "They show us about basketball but also to be disciplined, they're teaching us right now. If you don't get good grades in school, you can't play."
"We do not tolerate any cursing, any illegal activity. We find out some kids are doing illegal activity, they're off the team," said Thompson. "You sit them on a bench on a basketball court, they're in tears cause they can't play basketball and that hits them hard. So that's what we usr as a tool to discipline these boys and teach them the proper ways and the right things to do outside of basketball and inside of basketball."
The Heat hope the hard work and discipline pays off at the AAU Nationals in Orlando.
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