Winner at Hoops for Haiti
Weeks ago, I remember letting readers of this blog know of a special high school boys' basketball event. It was held a few days ago, to kick-start the Family Day Holiday Weekend. A gathering of some of the better teams in the Greater Toronto Area attended - but not to claim bragging rights for yet another tournament.
This one was different: Hoops for Haiti. It was hosted by Pickering High School and it was the idea of teacher and coach Mike Gordensky. The name should be familiar to many by now, but likely for the wrong reason.
Gordensky is not Mr. Perfect, but he has devoted many years, and much free time, to coaching the school sport. Many people don't like him because of his success. They don't have kind words for me either because I think the guy means well. Gordensky is the same person who was suspended from coaching for one year - and not even allowed in a public facility to watch his team play a provincial playoff. All because he allowed two players an opportunity to be showcased for educational opportunities at a U.S. tournament a year ago. So the grudges continue - and by people in his own league as well as OFSAA.
It sure would be nice if the same people pointing fingers were consistent in their own policies and penalized others for wrong-doing. But, we won't go there now.
Alright, so at Hoops for Haiti, Toronto's Father Henry Carr may have jumped to the top of the senior basketball chart, in the mind of some, with a win over Richardson from Ajax. Vaughan, from Thornhill, also defeated Pickering. And Pine Ridge, from Pickering, defeated Toronto's Eastern Commerce, sinking quickly and some feel a team that hasn't recovered since former coach Roy Rana departed for Ryerson University.
I wasn't there because of a family death, but people who were said the event was fun with lots of excitement.
Gordensky did declare a champion after all: the people of Haiti.
While it may not be much to many, $3,600 was raised from gate receipts. People wanted to see some good basketball, but also cared about those in need. Kudos to the coaches and players who adjusted their schedules and time to do something to help people thousands of miles away - people that they may never see in their lives.
Maybe there are some people who have learned a few things about Gordensky - and about themselves too.