Chennai – In view of celebrating the centenary of the death of our Founder, St. Guanella, Don Guanella Major Seminary hosted a Basketball tournament September 17-18th. The prime reason was to make known his charism and foster relationships with the neighboring communities during this year dedicated to the Bond of Charity. Eight teams participated; including Sacred Heart Seminary, Salesian Theologate (Kavarapettai), MMI Theologate, CMI Fathers, Blessed Sacrament Fathers, Holy Spirit Fathers, FOD and Guanellians. The opening ceremony began with prayer and song to St. Guanella in the presence of Fr. Samson, local superior, and the community. At the end, Guanellians met the MMI Theologate in the final and won the trophy. The community dedicated the trophy to all Guanellians worldwide (Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Benefactors, GLM and Beneficiaries) who are eagerly preparing themselves to celebrate this great event. Mr. Seenu, the local ward member, Fr. M. I Raja (Blessed Sacrament) and Fr. Julian from Kumbakonam diocese were the invitees for the closing ceremony, and they encouraged the players to continue the good relationship and distributed the prizes and cup to the winners.
Chelsea – One thing all college basketball coaches have in common is passion, and for the last two years, Coach John Beilein has also channeled his passion into raising awareness and support for the St. Louis Center in Chelsea, Mich. On Monday Oct. 15th, Beilein and members of the team traveled to St. Louis Center to spend time with the residents. After a brief tour, the team went into the gym, where they were greeted by the residents. Each of the players introduced himself to the crowd and was met with an appreciative applause. Beilein ran the players through different drills, showing off their ball-handling skills and shooting range, but the biggest hit proved to be the slam-dunk contest. After the players demonstrated each drill, the residents were invited to show off their skills and take part in the drills alongside the players. Tim Hardaway Jr., who had visited the St. Louis Center before, said that he hopes he can continue to come back and visit in the future. “It’s great to see everybody having a good time” Hardaway commented. Beilein plans on bringing the team back in a few months.
Chelsea – Thursday June 21st was an exciting day for the fifty-two residents of St. Louis Center in Chelsea, as Michigan Basketball Coach John Beilein and four of his current and former basketball players visited the center to put on a basketball “clinic” for the residents and staff. The players who accompanied Coach Beilein were Tim Hardaway, Jr., Jordan Morgan, Eso Akunne, and former team captain Zack Novak.
Coach Beilein and his players entered the gym to cheers from the residents, and after introducing his players, proceeded to execute several practice drills for the residents; even including them in some of their exercises. The drills included two-handed dribbles, circular ball rotations, shoot-arounds, reverse lay-ups, and a few light dunks.
Afterward, Coach Beilein and his players took the time to autograph posters and personal items for the residents, took several more photographs, and closed with a stirring rendition of “The Victors.”