A Farewell to Mercy

February 26th, 2016 | Uncategorized

As much as Katie and I enjoyed coaching the girls at Mercy Primary School every Wednesday and Thursday, our time has come to a melancholy end. The Mercy Primary School brings in a sport expert to teach the young girls over a seven-week grace period. Already in their school year they have mastered the techniques of swimming and gymnastics, and the past seven weeks I believe it’s safe to say that Katie and I have transformed these Mercy girls into “ballers”. Before leaving the school premises, a young Mercy student and her teacher stopped us in our tracks to praise us for our work. Then the young girl, well now “baller”, pulls out a card to give Katie and I with these words inscribed on the inside:


To Jaz and Katie,


Thank you both for being great basketball coaches. Thank you for giving up your free time to show us how to….dribble, shoot, do a lay-up, pass, knock out and HAVE FUN!!


Enjoy the rest of your time in Ireland!


From the teachers and students of Our Lady of Mercy.”


Just when the good-bye was getting difficult, the principal and staff wanted Katie and I to meet in the teachers’ lounge to give us a proper farewell. All of the teachers were very pleased with all of the work us Waterford Scholars have done with the girls and for the school, delivering us a box of chocolate as a gift of appreciation.


It’s not just all of the fun we had over the seven weeks or seeing more and more faces from the Mercy Primary school sessions turn up to Saturday morning basketball camps and Super League home games, but their love and thankfulness for Katie and I’s presence is probably the most gratifying sensation for us as coaches. So thank you Mercy!!! xx


Victory Scholar: Jazmen Boone

Present University: Waterford IT

US League: CAA

Club/Community Partner: Waterford Wildcats

Alma Mater: The College of William and Mary

Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland

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