From Canada Basketball / GamePlan newsletter The Playbook, February 2022 edition.
Andy has been committed to the U14 girls Avengers team and the Newmarket community for many years.
Throughout the pandemic, Andy persisted to create avenues to train the girls online with drills, skills, and games. He fostered a social avenue for the team which kept everyone connected and together during uncertain times.
His recognition of not only the importance of developing the girls on and off the court, but also in providing basketball as an outlet for young girls is what underpins his unique outlook on coaching.
Andy openly communicates with coaching staff, parents, and the girls, and regularly asks for and accepts input from all avenues, creating a dialogue for open conversation and forward thinking.
On top of this, Andy is an all around kind and selfless person. What is particularly special about Andy is his knowledge and commitment to keeping girls in sport. Despite all odds, and in a particularly fragile time (for both this age group of girls and during a pandemic), Andy has kept all 12 of the girls on this team playing basketball and in sport.
Without his commitment and leadership, they otherwise would not have continued.
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