Letters to the Editor

Positive gesture

January 29, 2010


To the editor:

Positive behavior by adult role models often goes unnoticed.

Lawrence High School played Topeka West in a boys’ basketball game last week in Topeka. Prior to the game, two Topeka West players received scholastic awards just before the teams were introduced. When the game ended an hour and a half later, the players and coaches from both teams did the customary handshaking. I watched from the stands as Lawrence High coach Mike Lewis sought out and spoke with both of the players from Topeka West who had received the scholastic awards.

One of them was my grandson, who was not even suited up due to an injury. I asked him later what was said. He reported that the LHS coach had congratulated him and his teammate on their scholastic awards. I was amazed and pleased that he had even noticed the presentation before the game, let alone remembered and took the time to personally acknowledge their achievements after the game ended. I know nothing about Coach Lewis’ coaching skills, but I can testify that he has exemplary people skills.

Good luck to Coach Lewis and his Lions this season.


News_to_me 8 years, 3 months ago

Nice of you to notice John. Once in a while, somebody gets it right. Congratulations to you as well. Barker, LHS '68.

FredGarvin_MP 8 years, 3 months ago

Boomer, nice words and yes Coach Lewis is spot on.

Hop2It 8 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to write this letter! I have heard good things about Coach Lewis and Coach Wood as people, educators and coaches.
As with all school activities, basketball is about so much more than basketball. Thanks again for the positive, thoughtful letter.

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