Phil Ford, the former University of North Carolina All-American and 1978 National
Player of the Year, will conduct a clinic for boys and girls at FanFest on Friday, March 7, at the
Greensboro Coliseum before the quarterfinals of the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament.
FanFest is located outside the main entrance to the coliseum. There is no admission
The first freshman to win MVP honors at the ACC Tournament, in 1975, Ford will talk to
youngsters and parents about the skills needed to be successful in basketball and the good
sportsmanship the Atlantic Coast Conference has promoted for years. Ford and four college
basketball players will also demonstrate shooting technique.
Following the 45-minute clinic, which begins at 10 a.m., Jacque Sumner of the Sumner
Group in Gastonia, N.C., will unveil the brand campaign, Phil Ford Basketball, and it website,
PhilFordBasketball.com, through which Ford makes personal appearances at sports clubs,
schools and churches, gives motivational speeches to athletes, coaches and business leaders and
helps run the annual ACC Barnstorming Tour for players who have finished their college
Ford will also preview his recently published children’s book, The Kid Who Couldn’t
Dunk – The Phil Ford Story and Tips From Phil on Being Your Best. The eBook, written with
Ford by noted Carolina author Art Chansky and illustrated by Mark Dubowski, is available on
Amazon.com, iTunes and all other e-platforms for $6.99.
Supporting the Phil Ford Foundation, which helps children in need, will be
representatives from the UNC School of Medicine, the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and
the Medical Foundation of North Carolina. Dr. Eliana Perrin from the UNC School of Medicine
and Dr. Wesley Burks from the North Carolina Children’s Hospital will make brief remarks
about the Foundation. Crystal Miller will represent the Medical Foundation of North Carolina.
Ford will be assisted at the clinic by college basketball players Mark Comstock, from
Castleton State University in Rutland, Vermont, who was the North Atlantic Conference 2012
Player of the Year; Pet Sumner from the University of Maine-Farmington and All-NAC first
team; Jack Sumner from Hampden Sydney College, and Doug Towery from UNC-Charlotte.
After the clinic and press conference, Ford will take questions from the audience.