To the Editor:

We were very pleased to see the AAU Hotshots pictured in last week’s Chieftain. The recognition they and their coaches received from the article was well deserved. The girls and their coaches have dedicated many hours to a sport they enjoy and have represented their community admirably.

Being grandparents of two of those girls, we have every reason to be proud of not only their accomplishments as a team for several years but also the manner in which each team member has played to complement the skills of their teammates.

They all learned that the words “sportsmanship” and “teamwork” were the most important skills needed for their game of basketball.

Their 72 game win/loss record was very impressive considering that most of those games were played with teams from a much larger population base including Pendleton, La Grande, Baker City, Lewiston, and Clarkston just to name a few. The majority of the teams they played didn’t play mixed ages because they had enough players in the oldest age group to “field” all one age. The Hotshots have played all of their games against girls in the oldest age division bracket and in most cases; their opponents were physically larger too. That didn’t intimidate the Hotshots!

The Hotshots’ tenacity, intensity, skill and sportsmanship certainly provided their many fans with a lot of enjoyable bleacher time. We are looking forward to several more years of the same.

After all, what better entertainment can a grandparent have!

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