MULLINS, S.C. — The Mullins Recreation Department hosted the 10th annual youth basketball clinic with the Francis Marion University basketball team last week featuring more than 100 children.

Department director Allen Floyd said the event serves as a tip-off for the upcoming rec basketball season.

“We’re very fortunate that coach Edwards and Francis Marion give their time and effort to come over here and teach our kids what they’ve learned,” Floyd said. “We’re very blessed for this to happen every year.”

Floyd played basketball at Francis Marion University and was star player from 1971-75, holding the school record for rebounds (933) and among the top five scorers with 1,599 points. Over the years, Floyd has also welcomed the FMU soccer and baseball programs for clinics.

FMU basketball coach Gary Edwards and his Patriots team rotated youth players through several drills, working on passing, dribbling and shooting.

“We just enjoy doing it every year,” Edwards said. “It’s good for our guys. It brings us together and does my heart good to our guys working with young people.”

Edwards said he loves being part of the clinic with Floyd.

“I love what coach Floyd does here because it is a wonderful thing,” Edwards said. “Getting our young people together like that is awesome.”

Floyd said he is always a Patriot and the youth basketball players will visit the Patriots team on Jan. 22 to see them play.

Born in Atlantic City; raised in Mullins. Graduated from SC State University, home of the mighty Bulldogs. Editor of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise. Loves spending free time with his daughter. Huge sports fan.

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