Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

I had the pleasure of being involved in the Eric Montross Father's Day Basketball Camp this past week. Eric and Laura Montross have been running the camp for 15 years, with proceeds benefitting the North Carolina Children's Hospital (a great cause).

The best thing about this camp is that it allows both the children (boys and girls) as well as their fathers, to participate in the drills, games, meals, etc.

I and some of our resident physicians, along with volunteers from the camp, ran the (younger) campers through stations similar to what college athletes are asked to do at the NBA Combine each year.

In 50 minutes of "well-controlled chaos", the boys and girls were measured (height, wingspan), tested (vertical jump, 3/4 court sprint, lane agility, flexibility) and given a peek at their future (estimated adult heights).

I got to calculate their adult heights (based on a multiplier-method formula) and enjoyed seeing the happiness in the eyes of those who were told that they would be taller than their mom/dad.

I expect that most of the father's were equally happy when their children shared this information with them. After all, don't all parents hope that their children will outgrow, outperform, out-do them as adults?

Happy Father's Day to you all.