Thursday, March 4, 2010


Don't even think about messing with that chick on the left.*

Basketball was a huge part of my life growing up. I started attending basketball games when I was old enough to walk. My dad was a basketball coach for a local high school. He started as freshman coach and then coached the boys' varsity team for 25 years (with 17 total championships). I am proud to say he was inducted in the Coaching Hall of Fame in our county, plus the Illinois Coaching Hall of Fame (Go, Dad!).

Needless to say, I've been to quite a few games in my lifetime. I figure I attended at least 10-20 of my dad's games every season with my mom since I was a young one. Then I played in my own basketball games 6th grade through high school. I played forward. I had my fair share of rebounds and fouls, too. My sister also played basketball, so I watched her games. So in high school, I played in my own games, sat through games of the other levels while waiting for my game, watched my boyfriend play his games, and watched a few of my dad's games. That's a whole lotta games. I probably smelled like a gym shoe in the winters of my high school life.
I also played intramural sports for my sorority in college, and we even won a three on three tournament once. Then there was a 15+ year hiatus where I'd attend my dad's teams' games here and there until he retired.
Now here I am in full basketball mode again. My son started playing organized basketball this year. He has 30 games this season. I have to admit I did push him into playing. He always enjoyed the game in gym and his friends played at recess all the time, so I knew he would like it. Of course we have a hoop in the driveway, too. I convinced him to commit to it for at least two years. Thankfully, he loves the game (and he even thanked me for getting him to join. Hurray!).

Last week my son's school had a fundraiser where the teachers/parents were able to play against the Harlem Wizards! A friend of mine recruited me to play. I was apprehensive as I hadn't played in SO long! We practiced a few times (man, I forgot how tiring it is to run up and down and up and down the court!), learned a simple offense, and we were ready to face the Wizards.
On the night of the game, my mother in law surprised me by having my parents, my inlaws, and kids wear white tshirts that said, "Team Kelly." (My ten year old was too embarrassed to wear it; he sat by his friends during the game.) The Wizards vs Grade School Teachers/Parents game was so much fun. The Wizards were dunking, dancing, having a ball (pun intended), and so did we. I even made a basket against them! If your child's school is looking for a unique fundraiser, this is definitely a good one! They travel all over the country.

Photobucket Here's me going up for the shot! Swish!
Photobucket Me and Big Mike!

My kids were pretty excited that they saw me play, so that in itself was worth it all. I also rediscovered how much I love to play basketball. Too bad there aren't many women's leagues around this area. I guess I have to play hoops in the driveway with the kids. And that's fine by me.

Is there a sport or activity that has been a constant in your life? And can you believe this March post is about basketball, and I'm not even going to mention the NCAA tournament? (I don't really watch college hoops nor pro, but I did see Michael Jordan at the airport once!)

*Um. That's me in my glory days. Don't mess with me, man.


Jonathon Arntson said...

That picture, the first one, IS AWESOME!!!!

Done with SHIVER yet?

Kelly said...

HA! My son saw it and said, "I can't believe you put that crazy picture of you on your blog!"
I'm 2/3 of the way done. I'll probably finish it by this weekend.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Go Team Kelly! I'm a near stalker-level baseball fanatic! Big-time. :-)

Lori Degman said...

I sure wouldn't mess with you! That picture compared to your profile pic is like Dr. Jekyl and Mrs. Hyde :-)

Kelly said...

Shannon - pro baseball? What's your favorite team?
Lori - Ha! Ha! I was very aggressive on the court, but pretty laid back overall. :)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Love the pics... all of them. That guy is huge! I guess that's how he got the name BIG MIKE, huh. LOL.

: )

Sharon Mayhew said...

Great post, Kelly! I loved seeing this part of you. I'll have to share a bit of my past sometime. :-)

Kelly said...

Kimberly - He was 6'10"!
Sharon - I hope you do! I love learning more about blogger buddies!!

Kim Kasch said...

You are so right - it's too bad there aren't leagues for ladies (or Moms).

I love that you played and what a fun way to raise money.

Way-to-GO KELLY!!!

Laura Pauling said...

I played soccer growing up and in college. I find women's leagues here and there, but it's hard to commit, when I'd rather spend time with my kids. Don't you miss playing? I do. I mean playing in leagues just isn't the same as being part of a competitive team. Ya know?

Anita said...

What a fun story! And yay for mom-in-law to organize the t-shirts.

I played softball, but after I play with the kids now, I am SO sore...and my reflexes are pathetic.

Bish Denham said...

What fun Kelly! I've never been into sports. Don't have that competitive drive. But I do like the water. Swimming as been my constant, but not as a sport.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Hockey lover here, so much better than your wimpy sports!

Okay, baseball's a close second.

Kelly said...

Thanks, Kim and Laura! There is a league about an hour away, but that's too far to take me away from the kids on a weekly basis. So the driveway is where I'll be!
Anita - Oh, yes. I was sore! And my mom in law went to Walmart to get t's and letters and ironed on letters til 1am the night before! She's good to me.
Bish - I've never been much of a swimmer, but I do like laying by the pool (not that I get to do that anymore...).
Jon - Baseball is a wimpy sport. Hockey, yes that is manly!

PJ Hoover said...

Kelly, your life looks awesome, and you always look so happy! You are bound for great things!

Rena said...

Love the pic, Kelly! I can't say there's been a sport that's been constant in my life. I did gymnastics for years, but obviously I can't do that now. I'd break a hip at my age! The only real outdoorsy thing that's always been in my life is camping. I love it, but now I do it via RV so it's a little different.

MG Higgins said...

How cool! Thanks for sharing this "sporty" side of yourself. I had not idea. I played all the usual sports as a kid but now it's just me and the treadmill. (We're quite a team, though.)

Heather Kelly said...

I did cross country in high school, and rowing in college, and completely miss both. (I still run, but the rowing thing is a commitment for a different time in life--not something I can do while the kids are small--unless I was able to get my own crew shell...)

You were hard core on the court, Kelly! Awesome!

Denise said...

Woo hoo! Go Kel. I still play softball and I love it. (And I love basketballs still too!)

Kelly said...

PJ- Thanks, that means a lot!
Rena- I guess you could say you're a happy camper then! :)
MG- Until this game, the treadmill (and Wii fit) was the only exercise for years!
Heather - Wow! Rowing! That is unique and impressive!
Denise - I'll play you one on one in the driveway this summer!

Shelli (srjohannes) said...

i used to play H-O-R-S-E - does that count? ;)

Keri Mikulski said...

Yay!!! My favorite post ever.. :)

Love this, Kelly!! I hope you don't mind if I link to this post.

Yay, sports!! :) What a great idea for a fundraiser.

Keri Mikulski said...

I'm so excited about this post, I forgot to answer your question. :)

Yes.. Without sports, my life is less. :)

Softball, soccer, basketball, wrestling (hubby), now golf have always been constants in my life. Without them, my life is incomplete and I'm a big grump.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

You just get cooler all the time, Kelly.

No sports. Well, nothing with other people. I like to run and cross country ski and bike and yoga. You should see how hard-core I get when I do those things though. HA!

Although there is this Yoga competition I heard folks talking about the other day. Which is CRAZY! But it was the same place where I heard AC/DC in class.

Jonathon Arntson said...

Tina I'd be afraid to tussle over spot on the bike rack with you!

Page Wolf said...

What a fierce Sequoit you were!!

Christina Farley said...

What an awesome picture! Sounds like a wonderful event.

Kelly said...

Shelli - That's what we do in the driveway! (yes, that counts! :)
Keri - Thanks for the linkage! And hurray for sporty girls! This has been my favorite fundraiser by far! The students LOVED it!
Tina - That's a great variety of exercise you have going. How in the world do you do a yoga competition???
Page - Only on the court! ;0)
Thanks, Christina!

Nora MacFarlane said...

I love the picture!

I used to play softball in high school. I also danced and studied karate. I don't do any of that now, although I think about finding a good adult dance class somewhere. These days I follow my competitive gymnast daughter around. She's in the gym about 10 hours a week. The season just ended, so we've got our weekends back again!

nikki said...

OMG that first picture is a CRACK-UP! yikes - you're scary!!!