Westside version of March Madness
It has been 28 years since I last stopped in to the Hinchey Gym for a basketball tournament. At that time, it was known as the West Rutland Booster Tournament, and now it is known as the Ed Glodzik Annual 5/6 Grade Tournament.
I kick myself for not attending during the years after seeing all the amazing volunteers that make this tournament such a hidden gem in Vermont. Thirty-six teams and over 350 boys and girls from this county and surrounding counties entered with the hope of playing in the final game.
From the moment you entered the lobby, you could sense the welcoming feeling from every volunteer who wanted to make each child’s experience a special one. PEG-TV, Triple Threat Sports and all the many volunteers did a great job in promoting a memorable youth basketball experience.
I also want to express my appreciation to all the coaches. Too many negative moments tend to overshadow all the great things many of you do.
I had the opportunity to take in several games during the week, and I was very impressed how well many of the teams played as a team and carried themselves on the court.
Youth experiences are so important for the development of children, and there are many volunteer coaches doing a great job teaching the game of basketball and being a positive role model. No one should be surprised why there are so many local teams playing at the Patrick Gym or Barre Auditorium every year.
As March Madness Week starts, I encourage everyone to support the local version of March Madness at the Ed Glodzik Tournament in future years. Pat Loughan is not kidding when he says, “This is the best youth tournament in the entire USA.”