That’s the headline from this story in today’s Austin Daily Herald about basketball in my hometown, and about our family’s history (and hopefully future) of participating in Minnesota’s state high school basketball tournament. Here’s an excerpt:
Austin center Joe Aase knows all about his dad Lee’s history on the basketball court.
He knows he went to the state basketball tournament in 1981 with the Packers and he knows he played in the title game.
Joe also knows about his sister Rebekah. He knows she played in the state basketball tournament in 2008 because he was there.
Now Joe’s hoping he finally gets his chance to play in the state tournament as the Packers (12-4 overall, 9-2 Big Nine) are currently sitting atop the Section 1A standings and are just a half game behind Owatonna in the Big Nine.
As a dad, it was a great blessing to be able to watch Rebekah and her team get to the state tournament in 2008 (I wrote about it here), and now Joe and my nephew Tom (who also is a junior starter on the boys’ team) are part of a team that is poised to make a tournament run. It’s particularly neat for my dad and mom, who also still live in Austin, to be able to watch both grandsons play, and also to get to go to Rebekah’s games as she is now playing at the local community college.
As a volunteer with the team’s booster club, I’m applying the SMUG philosophy, using social media tools to track (and promote) the team’s progress through a blog (the Packer Fast Break Club site), a YouTube channel and a Twitter account. I’m using a Flip camera (on a tripod) to capture game highlights to post to YouTube.
Since I already had the Flip, the total cost for all of it is about $20 a year for the PackerFastBreakClub.com domain and mapping it from WordPress.com.
How are you using your SMUG lessons to provide low-cost, high impact support for community or volunteer programs?
2 thoughts on “An Aase State of Mind”
Totally delightful! Love the team jackets.
Wonderful story and appreciate that you tied it back to community service and volunteerism. Terrific picture!