Christian Laettner to visit Rifle High School on Oct. 26 |

Christian Laettner to visit Rifle High School on Oct. 26

Rifle High School’s girls basketball team will host a team fundraiser on Oct. 26 which will feature former professional and college basketball star Christian Laettner.

The clinic, which serves as a part of the Christian Laettner Basketball Academy, will take place at Rifle High School, 1350 Prefontaine Ave., in Rifle. Three sessions will be held: Girls and boys from third through fifth grade will go from 8 to 10 a.m., girls and boys in sixth through eighth grade will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and a session for all high school boys and girls will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

Laettner won a Division I national championship playing for Duke in 1992 under coach Mike Krzyzewski, with his game-winning shot in the NCAA tournament’s East Regional final against Kentucky serving as the most memorable moment during that run. He also was the only college player to play for the U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” in 1992 — winning a gold medal — and followed that with a 13-year NBA career.

Cost for the clinic session is $40 per person or $30 per player in groups of two or three players. Cost includes a dinner voucher for each player and a Christian Laettner Basketball Academy T-shirt. Participants will receive personal instruction and playing tips from Laettner.

The dinner and silent auction will be held in the commons area of Rifle High School beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Dinner will be catered by Jay’s Steakhouse. Laettner will make himself available for autographs and photos during the dinner. Cost is $10 per person at the door, and children 8-and-under eat free. Dinner tickets can be purchased ahead of time at Blush Salon in downtown Rifle.

Information/preregistration: RHS basketball coach Kristy Wallner, 970-366-1633, or

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