From Our Parents
"Good Morning Coach,
We cannot say ‘thank you’ enough for all that you have done for Tatum this year. She has had an absolute blast! The excitement and love that she has for the game, has definitely grown and I am thanking you and HLC for everything that you have done. The time that you spend with all of these kids, the efforts that you put into them and their skills is tremendous. Jason and I have had numerous conversations about you and everyone involved in HLC. And we truly, truly appreciate your time and knowledge shared. Tatum has grown and become a stronger player. She understands the effort and time that she needs to put in, to make herself a better player. Again thank you for that! Also a quick little shout out to Bobbi (Tatum said she was tough and she told her straight out what to do, and she respects her for that). So, please if you can let her know we appreciate her words of encouragement also. We hope to see you next year! We would love for our younger daughter Reece to have a chance to work with you. Thanks again and enjoy the rest of your summer!! We will keep in touch!
Tammy Weir- Sheldon, WI
"Well its the end of camp and like always its a sad time due to all the new friends our son has made. I'm writing you to let you know I've been down this road with two other boys. They weren't exactly fun roads due to the politics that crepe into sports and the parents that coached weren't able to teach team fundamental basketball. It was always about a select few and the programs lost kids that had potential. Not only in basketball , but Football and baseball. What was most irritating was time the that I put into a lot of those kids and only to see them get passed over because they didn't have a name or didn't know the right people. Unfortunately those same parents/coaches never understood the impact on those kids lives and even a few getting into drugs and dropping out of high school ( two of those kids I'm speaking of had legit shots). To me sports and the right culture creates the right tools for success in life no matter how a child succeeds at that particular sport.
With that being said , I was relieved to see HLC has the mindset of culture, discipline ( players and coaches ), and a system that's geared towards systematic team basketball. My son's coach Dre has had his work cut out for him but yet he was able to get everyone to buy in and get them to play as a team within the system. Speaking of Dre , my son has really looked up to him and has a great amount of respect for him and would run through a wall if he told him to. I also wanted to tell you I really appreciated how much fun my son has had this summer. The games were tough but at the end of the day my son made some good friends that he looks forward to seeing next year and Payton can hardly wait till next year and especially the overnight camp!
Once again , thanks for everything this summer and I really admire how you run your program and the effort you and your coaches put into the kids making them all feel like family. Your helping mold children's lives and giving them the tools for success in life, our children need more people in this world with the same type of dedication. I know first hand I work with children every day.
Hugh Danforth- Stoughton, WI
"Thanks again for the experience Ethan had with HLC. A positive and grounded program."
Troy Wiesner- Manawa, WI
"Cheryl and HLC Staff
Just a word of thanks for the opportunity for my daughter to play again this year. The experience
last year (2018) was great. It was nice to see the improvement throughout the AAU season and
especially the change from the2017-18 to 2018-19 school ball season. There is no replacement
for real game time time and with the reinforcement from the HLC method of learning and training,
it has made a huge impact. Thanks Again,"
Sam Prindle- Alma Center, WI
"It has been a while since we have touched base so I thought I would say hello and let you know about something an HLC Alumni is doing this
season. I hope you are doing well. Isaiah is enjoying working with you both. I think he is an asset to you and us that we truly appreciate. One
time HLC player Micah Gumness has had a busy year. If your not aware Micah was a part of the Wisconsin Special Olympics Basketball team that
competed in Seattle this last July at the USA Special Olympics Games. The Wisconsin Basketball Team came away with Silver in the 3rd division. Micah personally played extremely
well and made many new friends along the way. This year Micah was selected with 11 other athletes from around the world to compete in a NBA Cares
Special Olympics Unified game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, NC, this coming February. They form 2 teams and have former NBA
players and WNBA players compete with them. The 12 Special Olympic athletes are from the USA, Canada, Cayman Islands, Japan, Germany, Ireland, and Britain. 4 women and 8 men. Micah being 1 of 3 males from the USA. They will play on the Friday the 15th and then attend all the other Basketball activities during the All-Star Weekend.
Micah and his chaperone Isaiah will be guest of the NBA for the entire weekend. They are both extremely excite to have this opportunity. I thought
as Micah is HLC alum you would want to know that one of your players has taken his game to one of the highest levels he can possibly go. Thanks for being apart of helping Micah enjoy and grow in Basketball. God Bless,"
Pickett, WI (Rom 12:1&2)
"My son played in your program this past summer and it was his first year. Although the team record was not great, his progress had been fantastic and he is doing really well on his school team this year. I want to thank all of you for that. He also plays baseball and I was not going to have him play both this summer, but the results are undeniable and I would like for him to play again. Thank you for your time and for what you have already done."
"Hi Cheryl and your awesome support team – Today's Rat Kickoff Classic was a blast! Thanks for providing a fun day to bond as a new HLC team! The food, the flow, and inspirational recruiting
talk from Cheryl to the boys – it was all top shelf! It does take a village to raise our boys these days, I’m sure happy we are in this together. Take Care and God Bless"
"Thank you for the phone call. Zach is doing well. he is attending UW-Sout majoring in Health, Wellness and Nutrition. His plan is to become a personal trainer and run a gym at some point. He is also on the football team.
I know he would like for me to tell you and the HLC how much he enjoyed playing each summer. He made some lasting friendships and views the HLC experience as a very positive one. The information you gave us regarding college recruitment directly led to his opportunity to play college football. We are very thankful to you and your staff for giving us the direction we needed in order for him to pursue his goal of participating in college athletics.
We wish you, your staff and players all the best. If asked, we would not hesitate to recommend you to another family looking for an opportunity for their child to play summer basketball."
"Completely impressed with the direct communication I receive from HLC. My questions were always taken seriously and answered promptly. I did research, visited a practice, a skills and drills and a tournament. HLC made both my daughter and myself feel welcomed, and the values of HLC are definitely something that makes me proud to be part of the HLC family!"
""I just thought you would like to hear comments from the tournament this weekend. the parents love the team. The kids get along so well. They treat each other with respect. I think this is a tribute to you. You have set the tone for equal playing time. Again, thank you for all that you do.""
""Endless thanks for your dedication and passion. H.L.C., the coaches, families, and love you bring together are priceless memories. Second to none! Gods Blessings.""
Adam and Sara Case
Fond du Lac, WI
""Thank you so much for the instruction and mentoring you have given to Katie, Becky and Sarah through the years. You run a great program and the kids do learn a lot and improve. We will miss HLC and the all the summer Adventures. Thank you again.""
Bill and Julie Ratajczyk
"Katy has also been named one of the captains for the year. She also continues to get some inquiries about basketball in college. Most recent has been William Penn in Iowa. She has actually been playing telephone tag with the assistant coach. She seems to have some interest that she hasn't shown before about playing after high school."
West Bend, WI
"Thanks for the many years of enjoyment watching the girls playing the sport we all love so much. Thanks again for all you did for our family and the girls. We loved every second of it."
"As you know, HLC helped both Annie and Joe find their respective schools and helped with their athletic achievements. While we were aware of Macalester, playing tournaments in the Twin Cities allowed us to schedule school visits and allowed the basketball coach a chance to watch Annie play. We found Bellarmine while planning our trip to Louisville for Joe's tournamnets there. As HLC teaches, Joe marketed himself to the track and basketball coaches. While the basketball program showed only modest interest in him, the track and cross country coach was very interested and invited him onto the team.
This is from the Bellarmine cross country web site preview from the coach:
Vargo called his freshman class "outstanding" and noted this of freshman walk-ons Joseph Drabot, Jacob Drescher and Nathan Savoree: "I can't think of a walk-on who we've had in the last five to ten years who is comparable to even one of them, and we've got three of them. They've come in right out of the gate and are ones you can tell have a shot at being in the top seven at the end of the year."
HLC was a great experience for us. Not only did we make great friendships and share great times, it provided an opportunity for Annie and Joe to become better athletes, and assist with their academic pursuits."
"I hope all is well and HLC is doing well also. I am sorry I did not get back to you sooner on this. I am going to have to put in my resignation "per say" from serving on the board of HLC. It has been a wonderful experience and my family and I are tryly blessed to have had the opportunity to be associated with such a great organization as HLC. I just feel that the time has come with both Quinn and Chase's interest focused on other priorities in their lives that I take the time to do the same for me and Deb as well. I want to thank you and Bob for all your hard work and dedication to the sport of basketball and to all the kids and parents who have had the opportunity to enjoy it through the HLC experience. I know that both Quinn and Chase will always cherish the memories and friendships that they made during their time with HLC as well and Deb and me too.
If there is anything that i can ever do to help you out please don't hesistate to call or email me. Thank you again for everything and please know that I will continue to promote the HLC experience to families looking for a great opportunity for their kids and family as well."