Monday, January 18, 2016

"Day off used to strengthen community ties"

Park High School basketball player Jena George
helps Home Harbor of Racine resident Margaret Lebon make Valentine’s Day decorations on Monday at Home Harbor. George and her Park teammates visited with residents on a day off school for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to give back to the community.
"RACINE — The basketball season hasn’t been the best for Kadeesha Duncan and the rest of the Park High School girls team.

"The Panthers have struggled to a 1-12 record so far this season and usually scuffle to score more than 30 points in a game.

"But instead of working on their game Monday — a day off of school and practice — Duncan, her teammates and coach Carey Palacios worked on their community involvement.

"For the second straight year, Palacios brought his team to Home Harbor of Racine, an assisted living facility at 1600 Ohio St., on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day to socialize with residents and remind his players that they need to try and be good off the court as well as on the court.

"'In the spirit of Dr. King, we try to give back to community as much as it gives to us,' said Palacios, in his third season as Panthers coach. 'The wins off the court sometimes mean more than the wins on the court.'

"The team also helps out at Home Harbor during Thanksgiving and rings bells for the Salvation Army during Christmas, Palacios said. 'Character is a big thing for any team,' he said. 'Doing these kind of things are a no-brainer for us.'

"Home Harbor residents live in efficiency, one- and two-bedroom apartments with full kitchens and private entries. The facility also has patios and several common areas."

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1 comment:

kkdither said...

Huge props to the coach for demonstrating the need to give to the community. I'm certain the girls left there more energized than after an hour or so on the court.