On the Fridays January 18th and February 1st, New Haven’s elementary school basketball
players ran out on the New Haven High School court. In between the junior varsity and varsity
games, the players were individually called out to the court and awarded.
After running onto the court, the players were handed commemorative basketballs by the
members of the varsity teams. The basketballs had been signed by all of the players of the varsity
teams and their coaches.
Colton Ruediger, a senior varsity player, commented, “I think it’s cool that the kids got their own
basketballs signed by the team and the coach.” He also talked about how the idea of having a
youth night was cool because it gave credit to the youth program.
When asked about youth night, Lexy Sidwell, a junior varsity player, said, “I thought it was cute,
and it was a good way to get people to join the team.” She also commented, “It’s a good, friendly
effect on the kids.”
Doug Peirick, the coach of the girls varsity team, was asked if he thought that youth night would
have a positive effect on the kids. He responded, “Yes, because any time you get the young
athletes in the gym with the big kids, they get to see them play. [And] they are able to get close
to the older kids, which makes it more personal to them than just seeing them from the stands.”
McKenzie Overschmidt, a junior varsity player, was asked about her thoughts on youth night.
She said, “I thought it was a good idea to honor the little kids, and they looked pretty excited to
get the balls!”
Keep up the good work, youth athletes!