Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)
Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)
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In honor of the Christmas holiday, I think it is only fair that we take the time to appreciate family and local traditions. For most people, Christmas involves the tradition of celebrating the holiday with the people you love, eating a certain kind of food or enjoying a specific movie/entertainment. As much as we love those traditions, Christmas also allows us to be thankful for the other things that we may take for granted during our everyday lives.
I will admit, there is nothing I love more than traveling around this great country of ours to see what it all has to offer, but I will always love my small little town. Growing up in Fredericktown, Ohio, there were a few of traditions that everybody had to take a crack at. There is the Christmas Walk, the Tomato Show, Pizza Dock or Peppy’s, and probably most secretive and important of all, Sunday basketball at “The Barn”.
Most of you reading this, even some of you from Fredericktown, are probably wondering what in the heck this ding-dong is talking about! Well, let me explain. There is a local businessman that owns a building within the area that for years has had an indoor basketball court. Throughout it’s duration, that building has been used for many different biddy-basketball practices and on Sunday evenings, it becomes a hometown basketball mecca.
For the past two decades, a group of 8-20 local basketball players (of ALL ages) have joined together at what they refer to as “The Barn” and they play pick-up games for hours. While most pick-up basketball is taken lightly and viewed as fun, these guys take their basketball seriously and it takes an invitation to join the dedicated crew. Even when the use of their mainstay was no longer an option after so many years, that didn’t deter these hard-court heroes as they found new basketball homes due to the generosity of local churches with a court to offer up.
This may be viewed as nothing to many of you, but to myself and many of my friends, “ball on Sundays” is as good as it gets. Even though I have never played on Sundays, some of my closest friends have and that is where they have honed their basketball skills. They aren’t knocking on the NBA’s door any time soon, but when you play the game the way it is meant to be played and you are good at it, basketball becomes that much more enjoyable. No matter where they play, the Sunday warriors that play today grew up playing the game with their fathers, uncles, brothers, friends and anyone in between. The whole point of basketball is to have fun and when that enjoyment bleeds down from generation to generation, that is what a tradition is all about.
On behalf of ‘Our Sports Report’, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I also want to open the floor to all of you. What are some of the best hometown sports traditions that you know of? Be sure to tell us about your traditions in the comments section below and the person with the best comment will receive an ‘Our Sports Report’ Holiday Gift Package! The deadline is midnight of January 1, 2015 so be sure to leave your comments today!