I grew up in Syracuse, New York and this place is known for it’s loooong, gray winters. But there is one thing we have that always seems to get us through the roughest part of the year… basketball.
I am a serious Syracuse University basketball fan. Every March I become a little crazy about my Orange. We love to have friends over to watch SU games, to yell at the television, eat junk food, and share in our loathing of Duke (and still Georgetown) 😉
This season was fully of adversity and we (don’t you love how fans insert the word “we” when talking about their favorite team?) were not expected do well, or to even make the NCAA tournament. It was sort of an off year, a rebuilding year. Well much to the delight of my cold, slightly depressed little city… Syracuse made the NCAA tournament. And we made quite a run, again. Despite the hardships they faced, the team and coaches got us all the way to the Sweet Sixteen!!!
Every season I listen for a quote or phrase of some sort from the team, that sums up their season. I then design an inspirational print and share it with my fellow Orange nation. This year I kept hearing this phrase pop up regarding the Orange, “We do not quit.” So, I went to work.
Once the season came to an end, I was invited to come to the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center for a tour and to have THE coach himself, Jim Boeheim, sign my print. I took the boys along with me and we got to see the ins and outs of all things SU basketball. We got sneak peeks into the coaches offices, the locker room, the weight room and conference rooms. All the kids took turns shooting baskets on the practice courts. It was a dream come true for these Orange fans. I hope it’s a memory the boys remember forever.
Signed! ATD is also donating a signed copy to the annual Boeheim Basket Ball auction. Proceeds benefit cancer research and programming for children in need within the CNY Community.
Nolan taking note of the great players to come from this amazing program; Carmelo Anthony, Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, Gerry McNamara, Pearl Washington… to name a few.
Lincoln, scoping out the joint.
View from coach’s office.
This guy. Posing by Carmelo’s famous jersey 🙂
I spy ATD around the office!!! Love this so much.
I owe a HUGE thank you to my friend Kelly Taylor (no relation) for putting this together. Kevin, Nolan, Lincoln, Sully and I were so honored. And thank you to Coach Boeheim for your generosity. You truly helped make memories for the five of us that we will never forget.
Thanks for letting me brag, friends.