It’s a busy time of year for everyone, particularly those on the high school basketball courts as players and coaches cram in the last few practices before the holidays.
Despite those extra constraints, the focus for the Litchfield boys and girls basketball teams switched from the hardwood to the hard-luck on Saturday, Dec. 17, as players, coaches and parents from both teams helped deliver food baskets from the Litchfield Christmas Basket Association.
“We want to teach the players about service to the community while helping those in need,” Litchfield Boys Head Coach Drew Logan said. “Volunteering is something anyone can do and its an opportunity for our players to give back to the community that supports them.”
This is far from the first year that the teams have assisted in the deliveries for the Litchfield Christmas Basket Association, who doled out 234 food baskets to needy families this year, thanks to generous donations from the community. Both Logan and Litchfield Girls Head Coach Rob Corso believe that former Litchfield basketball coach and athletic director Ed Roundcount started the volunteering well before they took over their current positions as a way for the teams to give back.
The project epitomizes the term “student-athlete” as the lessons taught off the court by Logan and Corso may very well live on well past their teams’ playing days are over. By volunteering for organizations like the Christmas Basket Association, the players learn the importance of helping those who are less fortunate and representing their community in a positive light.
Ultimately, Logan sums it up succinctly with a simple sentence.
“We play for Litchfield High School, but we represent the city of Litchfield.”
And on Saturday, the young men and women from the Litchfield basketball teams represented their community well.