A Small Gift to the Fairport Basketball
I first approached Scott Fitch back in July of 2002 about doing a website
for the Fairport Basketball Program, it was just the seed of an idea.
Something that I knew I wanted to do but without any real concept of the
path the project might take. I told Scott that I wanted to do a site that
would address the basketball program from every angle we possibly could.
When Kermit Moyer brought the girls' basketball program on board, I knew it
would be a fun and interesting project.
I left the Fairport School System nearly 23
years ago. And though I've been through college and a career or two, traveled
to many parts of the world and had some great
times and some awful times, one of the strongest and happiest memories that
I have is putting on the varsity uniform and hitting the hardwood.
But the lessons that I learned there aren't
really about playing basketball so much as they are about playing life. I
learned that winning isn't everything ... and neither is losing. What's so
much more important is how you play the game ... whether we're talking about
basketball or business or marriage or life.
I learned that leadership is about
respecting yourself, setting the best example you can, showing some
tenacity, giving a little bit more when you think you haven't any more to
give ... and it's about helping your teammates be even better than they
already are. I learned that an assist is just as valuable as a field goal --
sometimes even more so. I learned that sometimes you've just gotta dive for
the ball or take a hard charge and then reach for the ice pack. I learned that sometimes the best thing you
can do for your team is spend a few minutes on the bench. And I learned that
I didn't have to be a superstar athlete to help my team play hard and win
games. Those are lessons that have carried me through life and served me
So, why a website? It was one of the ways
that, from a distance, I could give something of myself back to a program
that gave me so much -- a very small token of my gratitude. It is my hope
that this inaugural season of FairportBasketball.com has served the program
well and that those who have visited the site have found it fun and
interesting. Lastly, I hope that it helps those student-athletes who played
so remarkably well this year -- and who've made their community so proud -- to
look back and remember who they were and what they accomplished.
To the players and cheerleaders,
congratulations on a truly spectacular season. Be proud of what you have
accomplished together with your coaches and teammates. I wish you all the
very best in your future endeavors and in whatever path you choose to follow
in life. Remember well some of those important lessons that basketball has
taught you. And know for certain that your coaches have given you everything
they had to give ... and maybe a little more.
To the coaches and assistants, on behalf of
the Fairport Basketball Community, I thank you for another terrific season
of basketball. You have done your players, the school district and the
Fairport community proud through your dedication and your hard work. Know
that 23 years from now, one of your players will remember you with memories
as fond as those I hold of my old coaches and teammates.
To the parents and families of our players
and cheerleaders, you have our enduring gratitude for your participation,
your dedication, your encouragement and your love. You are an integral part
of the foundation upon which the Fairport Basketball Tradition continues to
To our program sponsors we owe many thanks.
Your continued financial support and your dedication to the ideals of
sportsmanship have contributed greatly, this year and each year, to the
tradition of class and success that is embodied in Fairport Basketball.
A very special thanks to
this season's website contributors who've added so much to this site in the
form of photos, statistics, articles and feedback. You have my gratitude.
And to the Fairport students and community
members who have made themselves a part of this year's successful season,
you have our thanks. You have made this season that much better through your
encouragement and your participation.
I can't wait to see what next year's
basketball season brings! Can you?
FHS Class of 1980
If you have
some ideas about how to make the website better for next season,
drop me an email
and share! Thanks.