When watching a Kayhi basketball game, it’s easy to get caught up in the players shooting the ball or the coaches calling the play, but there is a third member of most benches that usually goes unnoticed. The team manager. The face of the team revolves around the actual players, but the backbone of a good team is always the manager.
What challenges and what benefits do these kids face from being a team manager?
Sophomore, AJ Malouf, is experiencing his first season as the Kayhi boys basketball manager. Malouf played on the team as a freshman but then made the transition to manager his sophomore year.
“It’s awesome being a part of the team without actually having to do any playing,” Malouf said. “I used to be a player on the team, and while it was fun, basketball just really isn’t my sport and it’s fun to still be able to on the team without being a real player.”
Malouf has one disadvantage when it comes to managing,
“It just takes up a lot of time,” Malouf said. “It’s right in the middle of football and baseball and I’d like to have that time off, but other than that I really don’t have a lot to complain about.”
On the girls’ side of basketball, freshmen Erin Shea said she is also enjoying her first year as the team manager.
“It’s really fun and I get to do a lot of cool things,” said Shea. “A Lot of my friends are on the team so that makes being the manager enjoyable as well.”
When asked on her least favorite part of managing, Shea was quick to answer.
“Laundry. Definity the laundry, “Shea said. “It’s really the only work I have to do but its smelly and just a pain to do every time.”
Shea and Malouf both had the same answer when asked what their favorite part of managing was.
“Just being at the games and witnessing first hand the atmosphere at those games is amazing,” Shea said.
“To be a part of something that’s so important to our community is exciting and cool to be apart of,” said Malouf.