A4I: Learning life lessons through basketball

In sports, the goal is generally to win. Through the pursuit of winning lessons are learned. Those lessons are often more valuable than winning itself.

Recently I visited the Park School where the basketball team owns a 10-8 record, which includes five games forfeited as a result of unknowingly playing with ineligible players.

The team consists of young and talented players. They can dunk, they can defend and they can shoot from beyond the arc. However, what I found most impressive with this team was not their basketball skills but rather their team mentality. Whether they realize it or not, these players don’t just play with each other they play for each other. The notion of togetherness is something stressed by both their coaches and their mentor, former UB Bulls head coach Reggie Witherspoon.

Positive vibes reverberate throughout the Park School’s gymnasium as the team practices. Players push each other, help each other and work hard. The team without a doubt aims to win but through their team mentality they are developing character, cultivating friendships and learning lessons that will transcend the game of basketball.

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