We all know that participating in high school sports provide opportunities for our student athletes to learn more than just how to play the game. The Huskies traveled to Buffalo on Saturday, February 6th and were greeted with one of those opportunities. We were invited and played in the 16th annual Pat Sonju Memorial Game. From the Buffalo basketball website: “The game is played and organized around Pat’s motto of “Going Hard”. It is played by team members who will demonstrate respect and hard work toward the game of basketball.”
Pat Sonju was a young inspiring high school teacher and basketball coach who unexpectedly died in 1999 leaving behind a wife and two young children. The Pat Sonju memorial game honors Pat and keeps his memory alive while also raising money for the Pat Sonju Scholarship Fund. Follow this link to watch Mike Max’s story about Pat. The story is powerful. It gives you a sense of who Pat was and how his legacy lives on.
Our Husky players and coaches were honored to be part of this special event. We felt the energy and pride that the Buffalo players, coaches, and community have for their late coach and teacher. Buffalo always plays hard, and plays with respect and class. They play the right way. The way Coach Sonju taught it and the way Coach Guida is currently teaching it. It was an honor to have our team stand at half court with the Buffalo team in a post game photo opportunity honoring the memory of Coach Sonju.
Thank you to the Buffalo coaching staff for inviting us to play in this game and learn from coach Sonju’s legacy. We were reminded of the value of playing hard, and playing with respect for the opponents, officials, and the game itself. Thank you for reminding us of the value of life and living life with a purpose. Thank you for an inspiring day of basketball!