November 12th, 2015 | Uncategorized
One of the girls that I coach for “freshers” (the freshmen team for the Americans) came into practice wearing a University of Connecticut sweatshirt. It was the first time in months that I had seen anything from Connecticut. I couldn’t help but smile and feel a sense of pride that someone was wearing something from good ole Connecticut.
The “home-town proud” feeling was amplified at the next practice. The same girl came in wearing a St. Joes University Basketball Camp T-Shirt. I thought to myself, what are the odds? That’s the basketball camp that my brothers do every year, it’s where one of my best friends went to University, it’s 20 minutes away from my house. I couldn’t help but think of all the associations and memories I have with that school and that town, that instantly came flooding back when I saw that shirt. It’s crazy how something as little as a t-shirt had such a big impact.
I asked the girl about the camp and her thoughts of West Hartford and Connecticut as a whole. She said, “It was class!” In other words, she loved it. No one visits Connecticut. That’s why it was so cool to hear that someone from Limerick, Ireland visited little Connecticut, more specifically even smaller West Hartford.
Although seeing that t-shirt could have easily made me homesick, it did the opposite. It provided me with a sense of comfort. Yes, it made me think of home; but it made me happy knowing that I was making connections with people that appreciated my home as much as I appreciated theirs.
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