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Sports still helping the healing in Newtown

by Jenni Carlson Modified: April 18, 2013 at 3:05 pm •  Published: January 31, 2013
Members of the New York Knicks meet earlier this week with kids in Newtown, Conn. Courtesy of Tim Tallcouch
Members of the New York Knicks meet earlier this week with kids in Newtown, Conn. Courtesy of Tim Tallcouch

Got an unexpected email yesterday from Tim Tallcouch. He is the boys basketball coach at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., and I connected with him about six weeks ago when I was working on a column about the sports world’s tributes to the school shooting victims in his town.

You can read that column by clicking here.

Tallcouch and I exchanged emails after the column ran, but after that, I didn’t expect to hear from him again.

On Wednesday, though, he sent the following note:

“Hope all is well. As a follow up to our conversation in December regarding athletes and helping out in tragic times, thought you might be interested in this. Between myself, the town of Newtown and the NY Knicks organization, the Knicks Garden of Dreams Foundation, player, coaches, executives and dancers came to Newtown CT yesterday and put many smiles on the faces of the Sandy Hook Elementary kids with two hours of a fun clinic/event. Simply AMAZING!!!

“It really does make a difference!!”

I don’t pretend to know what Tallcouch and others in Newtown are going through. It’s been almost two months since the shooting, but I have to imagine that the emotions remain raw. To know that the Knicks took time to go to Newtown and give a group of kids and adults a few hours of fun warms my heart. It doesn’t change what happened that tragic morning back in December at Sandy Hook Elementary, but for a few hours earlier this week, there was the knowledge that someone cared enough to come and visit.

And as Tallcouch told me back in December, knowing that people care does make a difference.

by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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