Have you ever been part of a basketball team comprised of twelve players; however, the coach only plays eight of them? The only time the coach will play the other four players will be through a couple minutes in the fourth quarter against weaker opponents when the team has secured the win. Now imagine how those four athletes feel in comparison to the other players on the team. Do you think it is fair to those other four players that spent the season on the bench?
When I played basketball in high school, my coach always used to say, “we ( the team) are only as good as the weakest player on the team.” Meaning that in order to have success on the team, we must use each individual’s strengths and work together to accommodate the weaknesses. That high school coach preached the importance of teamwork, whether during practice, games or off-site events in order to understand each person to the greatest extent as an athlete and an individual off-the-court. Basketball is a great sport that helped me develop skills, such as teamwork, that was applicable to other areas in my life.
9 provinces, 216 athletes, 55 coaches and support staff, and countless supporters have all gathered in Regina, Saskatchewan this week for the 2017 Boy’s and Girl’s National Championships. These numbers clearly demonstrate how basketball, and any other sport for that matter, has the power to form a community.
Sport is a powerful thing. It can be used as a tool to ultimately improve the livelihood of others, and SNYB is doing just that with the help of some amazing people.