Marlon Bell and Luke Dowdy-Summer WorkoutsPosted by Brian Harvey on 8/20/2020 5:00:00 AM
Dear Coach Bell and Coach Dowdy,Thank you. Thank you for holding the workouts this summer for the boys. I know no promises were made about spots on teams and I know tryouts will be held at a later date. Frankly, I don't really care. If he makes a team, great! If not, life will go on.I do care about my son's mental health and happiness, however, and I want you both to know you helped in that regard in ways this summer I can't adequately express. As you know all too well, school shut down in early March. By mid-May, I was worried about my son. He's always been an enthusiastic kid, a straight-A student. However, by May, some of that enthusiasm was waning and he was struggling with a couple of classes. He was struggling with many things. We were concerned.I'm not sure how good at it he is or isn't, but one thing is certain: He loves basketball. He loves the NBA. He loves to go to the Rec Center and play with friends or whoever is there. He just loves the game. Suddenly, it was all taken from him. He'd play for hours by himself in the driveway, but the weight of the pandemic and all of its effects showed in his body language.When you guys held the workouts, everything improved. He got to see his friends. He got to play. He enjoyed the organized practices, the scrimmages, the interaction, the instruction, etc. He got to be 13 again. You didn't have to do that, but you did, and I'll be forever grateful. He's smiling again. He's come home saying, "That was fun." I doubt he was the only one who felt that way. Thank you.Thank you. I'll be forever grateful to both of you. I just wanted you to know, in case you ever doubted, you made a monumental difference in at least one kid's life this summer. His mom and I thank you profusely.