The following appeared in my column at the Southeast Missourian in celebration of the Hudson boys basketball team in Hudson, NY:
This is fighting season for political junkies, but neither politics nor its customary fighting dampened the spirits of a community united in support of a group of young men on a quest to make history. Hudson, New York, is my old stomping grounds. It's where I lived, taught and coached for many years. It's the home of the Hudson boys varsity basketball team, which took me with them on their recent journey, holding my heart in the palms of their hands all these miles away.
These young men sparked a fire, and my sincere hope for the community that will always have a "home" in my heart is that it will never let that fire die. I believe it foreshadows good things for Hudson, and I'm still cheering them on. Let the politicians fight for their own agendas; it's what politicians do. Let the rest of us learn from a group of young men who came together, putting aside their personal agendas to fight for the team, and who brought us along for the ride -- and what a ride it was.
Read the rest of my article here.