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Two Titans Have Night To Remember

Basketball is a game of sounds: the roar of the crowd, the high pitch of the whistle, the echo of the ball, the swish of the net, and the jolt of the buzzer. But for some who play basketball sounds are not a part of their game because they are hearing impaired.


Over the summer, two Blessed Trinity varsity basketball players were fortunate enough to play with some of these hearing-impaired athletes and walked away with a better appreciation for the challenges faced by these athletes.


Senior Tim Cleary and sophomore Ben Kopacka took part in the 26th Annual Mike Glenn Camp for the Hearing Impaired, in Decatur. The two were chosen, along with other Atlanta-area high school players, to participate in the camps All-Star game on Friday, June 24.


Mike Glenn, a former Atlanta Hawks, holds the week-long summer camp at the Decatur Community Center. Mr. Glenn, whose father was a teacher at the Georgia School for the Deaf in Cave Spring, Georgia, started the camp in 1980. The camp concludes with a game between the camps All-Stars team and a team made up of Atlanta high school players.


The crowd attending the game included former Hawks players, current Hawks cheerleaders, and a host of area high school basketball fans. The camp team defeated the area high school players by a score of 66-65 in a game decided at the buzzer.


BTs Tim Cleary was named the games Most Valuable Player for his 15 points, 10 rebounds. Fellow Titan Ben Kopacka earned 10 points and 8 rebounds.


Blessed Trinity Varsity Basketball Coach Brian Marks was pleased with his players performances and excited at their opportunity to participate in such a great camp. Any time you have two student athletes represent your school and your program who are such outstanding young men, you can not help but be very proud. 


It was a great experience and Im glad I was able to take part in it, said Tim Cleary.


Ben Kopacka felt the same way. It was a fun, unique experience that I will always remember and that I think everyone should take part in, he said.


They are such respectful and hard working individuals that I knew they would leave a great impression on everyone they encountered on that evening, said Coach Marks.


Camp Director Ron Valdes agreed with Coach Marks. Tim and Ben represented Blessed Trinity in a fine manner. They played well and conducted themselves like gentlemen. I would be happy to have a Blessed Trinity player in this game every year.