When the SVM All-Star Classic concluded last week, I can’t deny I felt relieved. That’s just the natural reaction when you plan for something for 3 months, and it turns out to be a success.
I walked out of Sauk Valley Community College that night knowing we had accomplished something special, and it was something that I would not soon forget.
A couple of days later, I was standing on scaffolding about 20 feet in the air, trying to help my brother-in-law and his crew build a roof for a barn. First thing you should know is that heights and I don’t get along all that well. Second, my construction skills still rate somewhere in the novice range.
On Wednesday, I sat at Comerica Park, watching a Tigers game, part of the festivities during the Associated Press Sports Editors conference in Detroit.
It occurred to me this has been a week to remember in the Dan Woessner life.
I might never do some of those things again.
All of it ended up bringing Don Ebersole to mind.
Some of you might remember the story on Ebersole last summer after he died. He was a legend of local hoops courts, playing in pickup games right up until his death at age 93.
But I wasn’t really thinking about hoops. I was thinking about a part of the story where Don practiced auctioneering by having his children bid on the family’s livestock.
I’d bet there are a thousand stories like that about Don. He was a jack-of-all trades kind of guy, and from what I knew of him, he seemed to live his life for the experiences.
At the end of the day, it was nice to have that perspective after the grind of the prep sports year.
So here’s another chance for a unique experience – with basketball.
Don’s family is organizing a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for July 14 at Westwood Sports Complex. Cost is $5 per player. Your team can have up to five players on it, and the proceeds go to the Sterling Park District’s youth basketball program.
I plan on lacing up the shoes, as long as I can piece together a team, and take to the court on the 14th.
I see this as a great chance for all of you to get out and play for a reasonable cost and worthy cause.
If that doesn’t motivate you enough, you might get the chance to beat me in hoops.