The Westchester Knicks joined forces with Chase and the Village of Irvington to refurbish and repaint the Bobby Speisman Basketball Court at Scenic Hudson Park The basketball court was originally made possible by the Irvington community, Village of Irvington, and friends in memory of Bobby Speisman, the father of three daughters, who was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 77 which was flown into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
The project culminated with a grand re-opening ceremony, featuring special guest speakers, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and a free youth clinic. Bobby Speisman’s family was on hand for the event, as were New York Knicks Legends John Starks and Larry Johnson.
I had three teacher conferences this year, told at each one where my son was challenged or challenging. It was sobering, my son who has always been complimented on his self-control, manners and humor now being scrutinized for all of the above. I rained down on him, my disappointment and frustration falling in thick sheets. I doled out punishment and new expectations. Lucas, meekly, accepted it all.
I ask Lucas to do ten things a day, he does all ten without question or hesitation. He makes me laugh out loud; sometimes I am laughing at him, so is he. He relents when I demand. And he gives the warmest, hardest, sweetest hugs.
I couldn’t normalize what I was told and what I know to be true.