“Memory and her family are devoted to the YMCA Youth Basketball League. They are devoted to helping out the community and teaching young kids the values of team work and the fundamentals of basketball. This is evident in the passion and excitement she brings to coaching.”
– Paul Tritle, Senior Program Director
“I grew up in a household that was deeply rooted in basketball. My older brother, sisters, and I all played while my dad coached (sometimes our team, and sometimes against our team) and my mom kept stats. Basketball was so intricately interwoven with our everyday family life that it simply became a part of who we were. It stands to reason then that nearly all of my favorite childhood memories revolve around this great sport. Whether it was the usual family pick-up game in the backyard that resulted in more fouls than points, or setting up extravagant boobie traps for my dad on the day our teams were scheduled to play one another, EVERY moment was cherished, and I looked forward to sharing similar family-based basketball experiences with my own children. Unfortunately, our times have changed and things are very different. Now that my folks are retired from coaching, and my brother and sisters are raising their own families all across the country, backyard family pick-up games (and everything else that went along with it) have become a thing of the past. By the time my son turned 6 and began to express interest and show talent in basketball, I had already accepted the reality that he would not be growing up in the same basketball infused family environment that I did. It was just the two of us, and the only option we had was to ‘outsource’ these experiences, so I began looking for a league to sign him up with. I’ll be honest, I didn’t look very hard; A few friends mentioned the Y, and I found out that the Newport-Mesa YMCA was looking for volunteers to coach, so I immediately enrolled us both, and just went with it! Little did I realize it then, but my son and I had just joined something much more substantial than just another youth basketball league. Nearly two years have passed since that first assessment day, and I know now that we have indeed become a part of something much bigger…. the Newport-Mesa YMCA FAMILY!!!
Within this extended family, my son and I have: established new and life-long friendships with many of the other players and their families, been accepted into a group of motivating and inspiring coaches and colleagues, and received a tremendous amount of support, understanding and encouragement from what most would consider upper management. Likewise I am honored that our YMCA family continually entrusts me with its most treasured members… the children!! Treating each of my players as if they were my own, I push them all hard to be the very best they can be at whatever level they are currently operating in. My first and foremost goal is to instill upon them that success is a direct result of hard work and dedication. Thus, I am overwhelmed with pride any time I witness one of my players experience that gratifying moment of self-achievement that comes from working hard to learn something new and finally succeeding. To sum it all up, I give back all I can to my Y Family, because it has given so much to my son and I!! The long abandoned dreams I once had for my children to grow up in a ‘basketball family’, have literally been brought back to life on the courts at the Y… and for that – I will be forever grateful!”
– Memory Rose