November 29th, 2015 | Uncategorized
One of the many memories I have of playing college basketball was my family coming to games to support. For those who don’t know, my family is far from quiet; it was always hard for them to come to games unnoticed and without making a scene. It’s hard not to make a scene when your family is large enough to field their own team.
During warm ups before the game, I would always be able to tell when my family, especially my brothers, made it to the game. They were usually the group that entered with signs in hand, blue painted faces, sporting St. Francis t-shirts, and of course, their signature, wearing fluorescent basketball shorts in below freezing temperatures. Although some could find this entrance a bit embarrassing, I absolutely loved it. The biggest smile would always come across my face knowing that my family had once again gone all out to support my teammates and I.
Oddly enough, this past Saturday at our Premier League game, a group of boys walked into the gym dribbling a ball, while wearing basketball shorts. Even though I knew it wasn’t my family, I couldn’t help but smile at the memories and nostalgia it brought back. It brought back all those college memories of my brothers making a scene, stumbling over each other, making sure everyone knew that the Benedettis had entered the gym. It made me even more excited to play the game for all that it reminded me of. It’s funny how something as simple as a group of guys entering the gym could bring out such fond memories.
I can’t lie; I do miss the Benedetti fan section at games, all decked out in the team gear, cheering louder than anyone in the gym. They are by far the best, most supportive (and entertaining) fans in the world! Maybe it’ll happen again while I’m over here playing in Ireland… what do you think Mom and Dad? How hard could it be to travel with 5 boys to a foreign country? 🙂
Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti
Present University: University of Limerick
US League: NEC
Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies
Alma Mater: St. Francis College
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland