Free basketball clinic

Free basketball clinic

The Austin College women’s basketball players and staff will be hosting their third annual free basketball clinic this Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Mason Complex at Austin College. The clinic, which benefits Toys for Tots, will be open to boys and girls in third through eighth grade. Participants are encouraged to bring a small, unwrapped toy to donate to the local Toys for Tots campaign.

Youngsters will be learning from the AC women’s basketball players and coaching staff. They will be taught the fundamentals of basketball such as dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and team work. Parents are welcome to ovserve the clinic and youngsters can bring their own basketballs, but the ball will need to be labeled with the child’s first and last name.

For more information or to register, sent an email to the AC women’s basketball office at

Shojai wins Muse

IRVING — Local author Amy Shojai has won the Cat Writers Association Muse Medallion award for her book ComPETability: Solving behavior problems in your multi-cat household. The award was presented at the 2013 Cat Writers Association Annual Contest Awards Banquet recently held in Irving.

Each year, the CWA also honors the best writing about cats and recognizes outstanding members of the writing community. As a founder of the CWA, Shojai sponsors her own special award, the Shojai Mentor Award, to promote one of the ideals of the organization—to mentor and encourage each other. This year’s recipient was Darlene Arden. The award consists of a plaque and $500.

Shojai also gave a presentation on how to "kindle-ize" a book, regarding changes and challenges in publishing.The international Cat Writers’ Association founded in 1992 in Ft. Worth. It is dedicated to providing news, information and education on all aspects of cat care and welfare, and improving the quality of writing and communication about cats. For more information, go to