Kennedy Just Gets It

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Towson men’s head basketball coach Pat Kennedy gets it. You want to know how he’s once again building a winner? Not just by recruiting some of the areas best. Not just by creating a culture of winning. But most importantly, by doing the right thing.

Last week Kennedy helped set up a halftime exhibition between a pair of Special Olympics basketball teams. The game plan included introductions of the teams and then an eight minute game. There was a little delay in getting things going, and then the introductions though ran a bit long. The eight minutes of game time quickly turned into four. The problem then became getting all of the players into the game.

One young man took it particularly hard that he never got to play. Sam McDaniel really wanted to take the court, and then really fumed afterwards.

Here’s where Kennedy comes in. After asking how the exhibition went, and learning of Sam’s frustration, he has set it up for McDaniel to serve as towel boy and sit on the bench with the Tigers in an upcoming home game.

Cool. Very, very cool. Nice job Pat, and maybe you can teach some of your coaching brethren to “get it”.

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