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LETTER: A great year for youth

To The Telegram: I am writing this letter first as a parent, second as a fan, and third as a coach. What a great year in basketball for the youth of our community. I'm not talking about wins and losses. I am however talking about the hundreds of ...

To The Telegram:

I am writing this letter first as a parent, second as a fan, and third as a coach. What a great year in basketball for the youth of our community. I'm not talking about wins and losses. I am however talking about the hundreds of boys and girls that had the opportunity to play basketball in Superior this winter. As I walked through our gyms each week I had the chance to see all these boys and girls learning what being on a team is all about. They were learning about the game, they were being taught skills, they were learning about team work and sportsmanship but most of all they were having fun. On various Saturdays I would watch our in-house league players playing in front of three packed gyms at the Superior Middle School. Then I would go on the road and I would see the same thing for our traveling teams both boys and girls. Wow! It's not just mom and dad in the gyms watching and cheering. It's aunts, uncles, grandparents, siblings, friends and anyone who wants to watch kids play. What a great environment. What a great way to build the character and self-esteem of our youth. Over the past six years I have had the opportunity to have both my son and my daughter play in our Rookie Basketball Association league, our Superior Basketball Association in-house league and our traveling team league. They have both loved each opportunity they were allowed to try. Isn't that what its all about? Fortunately for our youth in this community there are many people who have given up their own time over the years to make these opportunities available for them. These people deal with many responsibilities. They meet monthly all year long, they do the scheduling of games, the registering, the ordering of equipment, the selection of teams, the practice schedules and more. And they do it all for no pay. Yes, no pay. They volunteer all this time, year in and year out because they simply care about our kids. Most of the time these individuals never get a thank you, but not today, I personally would like to thank each member of the RBA for all their hard work along with the SBA board members, coaches, referees, workers, committee members and the custodians who make sure the gyms are always ready for our youth to use. The thing that makes this so special is that everyone I have mentioned in this article is helping to teach our youth al the vital life lessons that will someday help them to be good productive community members such as themselves. Without these people, youth basketball in Superior would not be where it is today. I thank you as a parent, a fan and a coach.

-- Dave Kontny,

Head coach of the Superior High School boys basketball team

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