McGannon taking Newtown Back to Basics

Few people will forget where they were when they heard of the horrific shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.
Matt DeYoung
Dec 23, 2013

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.

Read more of this story in today's print edition or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Too bad the Tribune did this story after the fact. I bet Mr. M could have used some financial support generated by earlier publicity, and the Tribune had this information in November. The Muskegon Chronicle
"scooped" them with a story on this effort about two weeks ago!
We see more and more school assaults, and Mr. McGannon is - to me - a hero for stepping up and doing something positive for the kids who survived this trauma. Our community should always stand behind and support such efforts!

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