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ASNN365 – Take moment to imagine something beautiful… Let’s call it an oasis. At this place, you can just let your hair down and be you… at this place, you can sit back and really enjoy the elements around you…. and finally, at this place, the weather is always beautiful… This is a tangible dream that takes place once in a lifetime (or once a year).
Imagine spending a day in that oasis.
I’m talking about High School Holiday Basketball…. Pause – pause…. Hhhhmmmm!
The experience of watching over 16 straight hours of basketball at the Proviso West Holiday tournament, the BIG Dipper Holiday Basketball Classic, and Hillcrest Holiday Classic was like nothing else.
First thing first, I would like to extend my right-hand to all of the athletic directors, SEAN SHIPLEY (Proviso West), Mark Hopman (Rich South), and Lisa Wunar (Hillcrest) for putting on a fabulous tournament.
I discovered going into these tournaments that even Mother Nature doesn’t keep these fans away. On the first day of the tournaments, the Chicagoland area was blanketed with an ice storm freezing over all of the roads. See for these tournaments people come out to them like people go to church on Sunday - nothing prevents them from showing up except an illness. To them, that gym is there sanctuary. Even retired superstar Michael Jordan showed up to watch his son, Marcus, play on opening day.
With that in mind, I don’t believe there is anyone in the Chicagoland area who doesn’t know basketball. The knowledge and energy of fans today about the game of basketball is universal and outstanding. Not to mention how they are not shy in letting you know everything they know – positively or negatively. To top it off, you find out that the average age of these guru’s is about 40.
My experience at these tournaments has taught me a number of things, but a couple things I have taken away…
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