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Sauquoit kids learn hoops fundamentals

By MIKE LEVIN

SAUQUOIT, N.Y. (WKTV) - For the last eighteen years, teaching basketball has been close to the heart of Kevin Fahy.  He started teaching kids the fundamentals of the game thanks to his daughter and has become a hoops guru in Sauquoit.

"It started with my daughter, she didn't have any place to play," says Fahy.  "The boys were dominating the field and she came to me and said, 'hey daddy can we get something started for the girls team' and I said sure.  So it snowballed from there and 18 years later, here we are."

Fahy and his staff were back at work on Sunday, for the annual Sauquoit Optimists Youth Basketball Holiday Tournament, where aspiring hoopsters were taught by current and former Sauquoit Valley players, such as seniors Meghan Gaffney and David Evans.

"it's definitely fun, just to watch them from the first day until the end, to see how much they've improved is the biggest reward," says Gaffney, who not only plays for the Sauquoit Valley girls basketball team, but was also a captain on the state finalist girls soccer team.

Evans, who like Gaffney learned how to play the game from Fahy when they were younger, returned from his first Army-Navy experience to help out.

"It's really a great thing for kids to get out of the house and play basketball with other kids in school," says Evans.  "Really build friendships and skills they can use all the way through high school, maybe even college, who knows, we might have the next Lebron James playing basketball here."

Evans will be going to Army next season to play on the Black Knights offensive line, and was excited ffor his first Army-Navy experience.

"It's probably the most amazing athletic experience of anything.  It beats the Super Bowl, because sometimes Super Bowls you say that one wasn't that great, but the Army-Navy game is always tops.

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