March 9 through 15 will mark the 54th annual occurrence of the fifth and sixth grade basketball tournament held at West Rutland High School’s Hinchey Gymnasium. Twenty-five years ago, the tournament was dedicated to Mr. Ed Glodzik in recognition of his contributions to the youth in our area. Affectionately known as “The Glodzik,” it enjoys a reputation as the premier tournament for fifth and sixth graders throughout Rutland County. Last year, over 300 local area children participated. In the days leading up to the championship, the stands were filled with friends and relatives who come every year to support the effort for the benefit of all those involved.
The tournament is fortunate to receive assistance from dedicated individuals who devote long hours. The players are honored with a rousing and heartfelt introduction as they make their way to center court before the tipoff. At the conclusion of each contest, a player of the game for each team is announced. It’s an accolade that the recipients will remember for a long time to come. The entire event serves as a positive experience for the children, and it reaffirms for them that their choice to spend time improving their athletic skills is valuable. They may not make their living playing basketball, but through the reinforcement provided by events like the Glodzik, the students will learn about the importance of sportsmanship and the benefits of working together as a team to achieve a common goal.
An event with such tradition and broad reach warrants some coverage from the local newspaper that serves it. The West Rutland community comes together annually to organize this big event for the kids. By way of a photo, or even just a record of the game scores, the Herald could make it an even bigger deal for them. On the occasion of this special 25th anniversary, I encourage the editor to consider doing so.
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