Although I find myself busier by the day, if there is one area that I try to focus most of my attention, it is on the kids and the lives that have been impacted by our program. HSBCAMPS has taken our staff and myself on an unimaginable journey to cities big and small, all the while connecting us with some amazing young people in pursuit of their own dreams and ambitions. I try as much as possible to stay in close contact with all of our kids via facebook and email, keeping up with how their seasons are going, sharing congratulations when they have a great game, or sometimes sending words of encouragement when things don’t seem to be going their way. As I sit down to write this entry tonight, I am privileged to write about a group of very special young people that I have had the honor to get to know these last few years.
The Wood River Valley, where I spent much of my young life, is not known for its basketball prowess. Though scattered with some very nice facilities, the game of basketball takes a big back seat to all of the various outdoor activities and other sports the valley has to offer. I will forever remember the looks of confusion I got from different people in the community when I told them I was going to start a basketball camp. All that aside, there’s an amazing group of young women, who have quickly put the game and their valley on high alert.
Wood River High School’s girls basketball team, is turning heads. Improving an impressive 17-7 record last year, the 19-2 Wolverine’s, just won the district tournament and captured only the third birth to state in the schools history with the #4 overall seed. The amazing Coach Mendy Benson, has her lady Wolverine’s running on all cylinders eager for Thursday’s opening match up against Mountain Home. On behalf of all of our coaches that have had the opportunity to work with HSBCAMPS participants KT, Cheyenne, Emmalie, Haylee, Hunter, and Favi, as well as the entire HSBCAMPS family, I would like to send these ladies a tremendous congratulations and wish them the best of luck this week. They are not just competing for a state title, but for all who have overcome adversity and worked hard to achieve greatness. We know that you will do us proud.
Ladies, your hard work and determination has lifted all of us and inspired further generations with the hope that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.
Remember, if you have your own news or information you think we should share with the HSBCAMPS community, please feel free to let me know. In the words of famous baseball manager Tommy Lasorda; “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s (or woman’s) determination.”
**If you get a second please post a note and let these ladies know they have your support. I know they have mine. A special thanks to KT for keeping me posted throughout the tourney.