2002-03-02 / Letters

A Big Part Of Her Life

A Big Part Of Her Life

Dear Editor,

The Saint Camillus Intramural Basketball Program has been a big part of many kids from the peninsulas lives. One would never think of all the work that goes into the planning of is program. As the Major Girls Division came to a close Thursday 7, 2002, I began to think of all the volunteers that donated so much time to make everything fall into place. Two people stick out in my mind, Mr. Sommerfield and Mr. Hurley.

These two men have been with the Saint Camillus program for many years. Neither of them would ever want or expect any form of recognition, but for all they have done, they deserve it.

Mr. Sommerfield has been the coordinator of the mini Olympics for longer than I was even playing. I remember how much fun I had when I was involved. Now that I'm older, I help him with this event. He still talks to all the kids before they begin their games about sportsmanship, teamwork, and explains that even if they're not the highest scorer, if they try their best, they are the best. He has coached, refereed and anything else that needed to be done, he was right there, willing to help.

Mr. Hurley used to be my coach. I remember being one of the smallest kids on the team, and I was never that good; but he never benched me, and would always tell me not to worry about the big kids. His famous line was, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall." He made me want to improve my game. Mr. Hurley always seemed to love coaching. When the "under dogs" would win the game, or the smaller, less experienced kids would make a shot, as their faces lit up so did his. When he stopped coaching, he began to manage the Junior and Senior Girls Divisions and this past year, jus the Senior Girl Division. That must have been a big undertaking. I know it must not have been easy, but he still managed it well, with the help of all the volunteers. Sometimes, I'd hate waiting around for about an hour while he cleaned up the gym after games; but I know, he did it, just because he takes such pride in that gym.

The program has changed a little since I played. The Two people that I remember helping to make it great have only changed in a few ways, losing a little more hair, adding on a few wrinkles, and a cane. They both still gave everything they could to this program, mainly they gave themselves. They both taught me so much, about myself, and not letting anything get in the way of what you want. Mr. Hurley's last of three daughters finished their final year at Saint Camillus Intramural Program this season. Now, he too has finished his final year. But I would just like to take this time to say, thank you Mr. Hurley. You are my role model. I think I speak for any of the kids you have coached, and everyone's who's life you touched at Saint Camillus, we love you.

ELIZABETH HURLEY


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