Basketball Basics was blessed with the opportunity to run basketball training in Newtown, CT in late December 2013. Coach McGannon grew up in nearby Norwalk, CT, attended high school at Fairfield Prep and played many times in Newtown and Sandy Hook as a youth. Since the tragic events of 2012, we have wanted to participate in some manner, giving back whatever it is we can in support of that community. Many thanks go out to the Newtown Youth Academy's director, Cody Foss, who spearheaded and approved Basics participation.
Many Michigan families also participated, donating money to Newtown's youth programming and simply being supportive while we were away. Given how busy our Michigan instructional calander is, there were some inevitable dropped balls, missed classes, incorrect rosters. Every single parent was supportive and patient in this endeavor. A heartfelt thanks goes out to you.
Please also note I believe our participation in Newtown (which will occur again in 2014) is a strong example for your kids about community service and giving of yourself to those in need. We hope in 2014 we will actually have a few Michigan families attend with us! That would be cool.
There is also the possibility Basics may get up and running in my home state. We shall see.
Basics instruction is based fully on the teachings and approach of UCLA's Coach John Wooden. (why not try and copy the best coach of all time?) An appropriate comment Coach made follows. We can't wait to return next year!
"No written word, no spoken plea can teach our youth what they should be.
Nor all the books on all the shelves, it's who the teachers are themselves."
- Coach McGannon
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Great support from the mens program at nearby Yale.
My staff and I will be happy to attend. Please let us know how we can help.
Coach James Jones
Head Coach, Mens Basketball