Tully Bevilaqua Uses Down Time to Share Her Wealth of Basketball Knowledge

By Emily Diekelmann | March 12, 2010

Tully Bevilaqua is well-known in the WNBA for her defensive skills, even earning a spot on the WNBA All-Defensive Team five times. Now, she is using one of her strongest attributes to teach Indianapolis-area kids what it means to be a defensive player.

Hosting a defensive boot camp March 27-28, Bevilaqua is asking kids, ages six to 17, to participate in this rare opportunity to learn a sometimes overlooked part of the game of basketball.

While participating in the two-hour session, Bevilaqua plans to use several methods to teach the art of defense. Reacting in certain situations, drills, footwork and a lot of fun are just a few things she hopes to share.

Knowing she won’t play in the WNBA forever, Bevilaqua is using her new status as an Indianapolis resident to begin future endeavors like the camp.

“Getting towards the end of my career, I am looking beyond my playing days,” Bevilaqua said. “This year was a good time to set up a foundation with the camp plus I love working with kids. It’s nice giving back to the community because I love it here in Indy. It’s not just for your top kids in the state, but for anybody who just enjoys playing the game of basketball. It’s rewarding in many ways.”

Buying her first house in Indianapolis a few months ago, Bevilaqua had the privilege of experiencing her first Indiana winter and learning a few new tricks along the way.

Although this wasn’t her first experience with snow, to her, it was a whole new occurrence to behold.

“This was my first winter in awhile so it was really nice to finally have that change of season back again,” Bevilaqua said. “The snow is very much a novelty still for me. I got out there as soon as we had a few inches and made snow balls and snow angels. I was out there pretty much right away with the neighborhood kids just having fun.”

During a phone interview with her dogs barking in the background, Bevilaqua relished in her new found talent, carpentry.

“I have started to become handier with things around my house,” Bevilaqua said. “I built bay window storage from scratch. I can understand now why a lot of people love their tools. It gave me a great sense of satisfaction to have made something in the house and I think it’s going to lead to more projects.”

Starting new opportunities, Bevilaqua is using her basketball knowledge to venture into broadcasting. She has covered games for IUPUI and Butler this winter. This isn’t the first time Bevilaqua was given a microphone, though. While in her native Australia last year, she did sideline reports for the Women’s National Basketball League.

Figuring out her new role behind the microphone hasn’t always been easy, but she takes it in stride because it is a learning process.

“I have been enjoying the college games and commentating on them,” she said. “I don’t mind getting behind the microphone and making a fool of myself,” she joked. “People may not understand what I am saying because of my accent at first, but I think that is part of the fun! It’s just an extension of the love of the sport. Getting to know the players in the college system has been the hardest aspect. I just have to do extra research to know how they play the game.”

Setting herself for a bright career after she hangs up her basketball shoes, Bevilaqua knows exactly what she wants to see in her future.

“I want to hopefully be reclining on the back veranda in Indianapolis, enjoying a good ol’ barbecue,” Bevilaqua said laughing. “No doubt, I would like to sit behind the microphone or on the sidelines in some coaching form whether it is in college or the professional ranks. If my handiness improves dramatically, I may even become a carpenter.”

More information on the defensive boot camp can be found at www.tullybevilaqua.com/Camps.html or by calling (317) 508-5625.