Growing up one of my favorite stories to listen to was the “The Little Engine that Could”. In the tale, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain after its engine breaks down. Larger engines, are asked to pull the train; for various reasons they refuse. The request is sent to a small engine, who agrees to try. The engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating its motto: "I-think-I-can".
The story of the little engine has been told and retold many times. The underlying theme is the same — a stranded train is unable to find an engine willing to take it on over difficult terrain to its destination. Only the little blue engine is willing to try and, while repeating the mantra "I think I can, I think I can", overcomes a seemingly impossible task. That’s what running a new program has felt like at times, a seemingly impossible task.
Our little program has only been around for a year, started with one team made up of the founder’s daughters and close friends who took a chance. We were able to hook up great coaches and mentors who believed in the vision we parents had for the program and with hard work and dedication, we were able to become the Little Program that could.
Now 2019 is upon us and with the new year, we have new coaches, some new players and families; like the families, players and coaches past and present we will continue to grow this program, based on our mission of providing a positive and fun place to learn and play the game of basketball. We are so excited for this new year! New faces, new places and best of all the new friendships that are bound to be made. Just like the Little Engine that Could, we think we can strive to make All Out Basketball the best it can be.