Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 86 - Proud to be part of the Westonka Community

Today's post is from 2nd grade Hilltop teacher and WYBBA secretary Mara Drill

As a parent, coach, and Westonka Youth Basketball Association board member, it gave me great pride to be a part of the White Hawk Classic Basketball Tournament this year.

This annual tournament proves to me that our community has great things to offer our kids. I have watched many of these kids grow and develop their skills over the years. It's so fun to watch these kids succeed. I watched one team fight back from an eight-point deficit to beat their opponent. Another team won by two points because a player, who has never played basketball before, made two free throws with two seconds left in the game. These moments give me such a feeling of accomplishment and pride for our school.

As a coach, it was gratifying to see many of our teams do so well. It made me proud to be a part of the Westonka community. We have dedicated, knowledgeable people who are coaching our kids. We want our kids to develop and learn the game of basketball. We have thoughtful kids who care about their teammates and their opponents. I watched a player on one of our teams ask her opponent if she was okay after she got hit in the face with the ball. Again, Westonka should be proud of these kids!

As a WYBBA board member, I witnessed over 1,000 spectators, 53 teams, and over 400 players come through the doors. The board came together to run an organized, successful tournament. People were amazed at how smoothly it ran and commented on how much they enjoy coming to our tournament. Knowing first hand how much time and energy it took to make it happen made me once again realize what Westonka has: dedicated, positive people to lead our kids towards a successful future.

As I said earlier, I am proud to be part of the Westonka community. Congratulations on a successful tournament and best wishes to all Westonka teams!

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