Varsities / Return of the Klingers

Posted By: Michael Klinger
Posted On: April 17th, 2017
Attending: Institute of Technology Carlow

For those of you who have kept up with my blog, or know me, you are aware that my parents are not only avid basketball fans, but also my biggest fans. This past weekend we had the annual Varsities tournament in Dublin. And while this is an exciting event by itself, to make it even better, my parents made the trip over. With 4 games in 2 days, it should come as no surprise that my dad was on the first flight out to Ireland. But fortunately, this time my mom was able to come with him, with her season coming to an end. I know I have alluded to it before, but being able to play in front of my parents at any stage is the most rewarding feeling ever. Seeing the smiles on their faces, no matter the outcome of the game, or my personal performance, is why I play basketball. For a family that can’t think of better quality time together than sitting in a gym, this was the perfect event for my family.

Not only was I around my actual family, but my SCL family was also in attendance. Having all the scholars together in one place doesn’t happen often, and having everyone playing at the same time was a first. Being able to watch the other scholars play for their respective schools was an awesome opportunity. Whether it was cheering them on from the sideline, or catching up before and after games, it was awesome to be around them.

Although we didn’t have the outcome on the court that we had hoped, this still proved to be one of the best weekends all year. And while it is never easy to say goodbye to my parents when they left, it was reassuring that I would see them again in less than two months time.

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