CHICAGO – Sure, they learn endurance and skill on the hardwood, but it was off the court earlier this week when seventh and eight grade basketball players at McNair Academy learned a lesson in giving.
Doug Morrow, their coach and a special education teacher at the West Side school, gathered the team on the bench for what seemed like a reprimand.
He at first told them they were in trouble, and to start sorting books. Seconds later came an unexpected surprise.
Coach Morrow bought each player a new pair of Nike basketball shoes and a practice jersey -- on money he raised by himself.
Coach says the boys earned it, putting their hearts and souls into the game each time they step on the court, despite the fact many were wearing worn out, or improper basketball shoes.
Each is now promising to be even better than before -- at basketball and at their schoolwork.