Oh, you thought I was talking about THAT Springer? No, I’m talking about Bob Springer. He coaches the 6th grade boys open division basketball team for Mary Queen of Peace (MQP) in St. Louis. The Sportsmanship Brigade saw Springer’s team take on Our Lady of the Pillar for the 6th grade CYC open division boys championship on Saturday afternoon. Each age group in CYC basketball has an open and closed division. Open division teams can play for other teams and their CYC team during the same season. Closed division team only play for their CYC squad.
Pillar is an uber-talented team. They have lightning fast guards and the big guys can handle the ball and shoot the three – in addition to having an imposing presence on the inside. Some teams just seem to have it, whatever it is. Pillar has it. MQP would not be intimidated by their bigger and faster opponents, though. Coach Springer had a plan. His team never got down more than five points and made Pillar work for every basket. MQP also showed tremendous poise and class as the score got closer and the play more physical.
MQP is a direct reflection of Springer. There was no yelling at the referees or slamming the ball or even the less-than-innocent “who me” expression that many players give after being called for a foul. They kept the game close and went on to a 25-22 victory in overtime. The Brigade was proud to recognize Coach Springer as he shows that winners and people of character can be one and the same.
The Sportsmanship Brigade is a group of Sports Commission volunteers who attend youth sporting events looking for acts of good sportsmanship. Athletes, coaches, parents and fans who exhibit good sportsmanship are rewarded with a certificate of recognition and a gift card to a local business. For more on the Brigade, including scheduling and volunteering information, please visit sportsmanship.org or call 314-345-5130. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!
|Players congratulate coach after championship victory|
|Players clap for their coach as Brigade presentation is made|
|From L-R: MQP team, Coach Springer and Solomon Alexander|