Fond Memories

I came in to work one morning to find an extremely old picture on my desk. Our West Hartford Program Director found a box in his office filled with hundreds of old YMCA team photos and among them was a photo from back when I was 12 years old and played in the West Hartford YMCA Basketball League, with my dad as a volunteer coach. My dad is┬áthe coach on the left and I’m the child in the front who can’t seem to keep her eyes open.

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My family had recently moved to West Hartford around this time from Syracuse, New York for my dad’s job. I was extremely upset about the move and was very angry at my dad since it was “his fault” that I had to leave my friends and my comfort zone. However, bonding and having fun with him on the basketball court helped my anger to subside and I have the Y to thank for that. I even made some of my first West Hartford friends through the league!

Playing basketball at the Y with my dad as the coach was a great experience and I strongly encourage parents to┬áconsider volunteer coaching for their children’s teams because it really is a great way to bond and create lasting memories with them.

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