Team support creates success at Pisgah

Jan 03, 2014

The Parade of Champions rolled through Canton on Tuesday evening to welcome the Pisgah varsity girls and boys basketball teams home from a big win in Orlando.

Both teams won the KSA Holiday Classic championships at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex Dec. 30. We couldn’t be prouder of our local athletes for their victories but also for the teamwork we have seen exhibited this year.

Boys basketball coach Casey Kruk has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, but he is fighting to maintain a sense of normalcy by continuing to coach his team through the season.

In return for his commitment to them, the team has shown its support for Kruk. They all consider him to be family and the “above and beyond” mentality they have demonstrated only shows what people can accomplish by working as a team to lift each other up.

Past and present Pisgah players, businesses as well as members of our community have rallied around him and raised more than $21,000 to help the Kruk family with medical expenses.

While Kruk was in Houston, Texas, getting treatment, all of his basketball players went to his house and did yard work, cleaned every room in his house and even got out the Christmas boxes in storage and decorated the house inside and out. What an incredible gift that was for the Kruk family at a very difficult time in their lives.

Sticking together in good times and bad is truly what makes a good team. There’s no doubt that the strong bond between team and coach and community contributed to Pisgah’s win in Orlando.

If the Pisgah players’ dedication to their coach is any indication of the values being instilled in our students, our community’s future is looking bright. We also hope the teams continue to have a great season filled with wins on and off the court.