The tragedy hit especially close to home for Spring Lake’s Jim McGannon, who grew up in Norwalk, which is about 10-15 minutes from Newtown.
“I played a lot of youth sports there,” McGannon said. “We played baseball at Sandy Hook. They had a nice baseball field, and I played there numerous times as a kid.”
McGannon went to high school at nearby Fairfield Prep, and still has plenty of connections to the area.
So when he started trying to think of a way he could help, the answer was clear — he would reach out to Newtown through the game of basketball.
McGannon is the founder of Basketball Basics, a local company that provides outstanding basketball fundamentals to kids of all ages.
“”When that shooting occurred, still, I really have no words for it,” McGannon said. “It leaves you speechless. I wanted to be able to participate somehow, but I waited for a while, and it wasn’t until October that I found out there was a facility there called Newtown Youth Academy Sports and Fitness. They call it the NYA. It served as a triage center the day of the shooting.”
McGannon got in contact with facility director Cody Foss, who had two children in Sandy Hook Elementary School the day of the shooting.
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