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Making A Difference: Kids put stay-at-home order to good use

Yuma brothers create their own sports program in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KSWT) - For the Patane family, competition is just a way of life. So, when officials called for a quarantine and closed schools, Lucky and Sebi decided they would do their conditioning at home.

The two brothers reached out to their dad and asked him to get them on the right track. Lucky, who starts 8th grade in the fall, already has his sights on starting in both basketball and football. His older brother, Sebi, will start the school year as a freshman, but he also has his sights set on varsity.

They started with what they had: a chair and the metal transformer that rests on the edge of their front yard. They would also visit local parks to use the basketball courts. When the courts became unavailable, they practiced dribbling and passing.

Little by little, they acquired more equipment, and even a following. From classmates, to kids in the neighborhood, more and more athletes followed suit. Through the leadership from Lucky and Sebi and the guidance from their father, Justin Patane, these athletes are making a difference by making sure they, and other student athletes, will be ready to hit the field, or court, come fall.

Making A Difference / Video / Yuma County

Joe Teposte

Award-Winning Photojournalist, News Professional Trainer, Production, Writer, 20+ Years in Yuma News.


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