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Published: October 4th 2008
The Thanda Celtics
Lungelo, the full-time basketball coach (seated center), chose the name 'Celtics' for the Thanda basketball team. The Celtics is Reed's favorite team, I had a pair of Celtics shorts I was always wearing to class, and the one magazine we had in our posession was the Sports Illustrated NBA Finals edition, featuring the champions Boston Celtics. AND we are green. In short, there was really no other choice for what our team name would be.
Here are some pictures from Thanda Basketball's first ever game against a 'real' opponent! Below is a short review of the game I wrote for Thanda:
Thanda Afterschool vs. Genesis Afterschool!! Our First Game!!
Saturday, August 17th will be a day etched in the minds of Thanda Basketball students for a long time. After weeks and weeks of practices, of teaching the kids about dribbling and passing, about working together as a team, about taking care of the ball, about being aggressive and about rebounding, our players finally got to play their first game. The students were all excited, many of them nervous as well. Our opponent was the Genesis Afterschool Program from the town of Margate, which is about an hour down the coast from Thanda. This was the inaugural match of what we hope to be regular event for Thanda Basketball.
Genesis came with two teams, an A team and a B team. We divided our Thanda players into two squads as well, having a boys’ team and a girls’ team. The first game between Thanda Boys and Genesis A started out fast and aggressive, but with few baskets scored. The score was 3-2 at
halftime, with the Genesis team out front. In the second half both teams settled in a bit, playing with more poise and control. The Genesis team proved to be the more experienced, taking better care of the ball and making just a few more shots. We were extremely proud of our boys’ aggressiveness and poise against the much more experienced Genesis team. Genesis won the match 15-8.
In the second match between the Thanda Girls and Genesis B team, things again began slow as the Thanda Girls found their confidence against the bigger players on Genesis B. The girls seemed to increase in confidence and aggressiveness as the game went on. We were particularly proud of the girls’ passing and the way they took care of the ball; they did not give up against a strong opponent. Thanda lost another hard-fought game, 25-10.
We finished the day off with a big meal of curry and rice for all of the players, coaches, and all who helped make the day a success. Possibly the most wonderful part of the whole event was seeing how well the players from both teams got along with each other, both their positive attitudes
during the game and during the post game meal. It brought a smile to my face to watch them hang out, play cards together, share jokes and stories. By the end it was as if we were one big basketball family.
All in all it was a wonderful day. As students said their goodbyes I was asked by several of my students: “ When are we going to visit Genesis Afterschool for our next game?” Very soon, I hope.
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