Team, together

“On June 12, 2006,  the Homestead basketball community lost a beloved coach, colleague and friend.

Coach Chekouras,  boys basketball coach at Homestead High School since 1988,  passed away.

Coach was an inspiration to so many because of the manner in which he lived.  He viewed his basketball teams as an opportunity to mold lives in a positive way.


The “Team Together Award” is awarded to the varsity basketball player or manager who embodies the integrity and personal attributes that Coach John Chekouras demonstrated through the way he lived and strived to teach each team member.

The student as voted on by his teammates, will be a person of strong character who:

– Works hard on and off the basketball court

– Is a student of the game

– Dedicated himself to the team and the program as a whole

– Puts the good of the team above himself

– Understands his role on the team

– Helps team members to improve

– Is involved in school activities beyond basketball

– Stands firm in the face of challenges and struggles on and off the court

– Is polite to adults and his peers

– Makes the right decisions even when adults and coaches are not present

– Is a good student and strives to do his best in the classroom”

I regret that I never had an opportunity to get to know Coach Chekouras.

I am sure that he would have cast as lasting an impression on me, as he did on all those younger men he coached on  his basketball teams for those 18 wonderful years.

But little by little,  I think I am getting to know him.

By  getting to know some of the kids with  the mettle to be honored in his name.

Passing his muster.

The student-athletes that have walked his walk and conducted themselves in Coach’s image.

Now from what I know of Mr. Sutton, and based on the  criteria laid out above, I can see a great deal of Coach –  in him.

If you have any doubts,  just look at the company Mitch  keeps.


This one is most definitely of the mold that Coach had sought to create.

To be honored in this fashion is significant, Mitch.

So treat it as such.

I am sure Coach  is pleased with you.

Mr. Mitch Sutton.

One who Coach Chekouras  would trust to bring a team, together.



Author: Mark J. Hahn

"To be there when the light goes on." Those few, powerful words, succinctly sum up my quest as a coach. That is really what it is all about. This is precisely what drives me. To have good fortune shine upon me briefly so that I can be present at that very moment. The instant of revelation. When the years of heavy lifting results in it making sense for someone else. The almost audible “click”, followed instantaneously by an unmistakable incandescence. The illumination that can only accompany accomplishment. To see bean in the eyes, the look on the face, a change in stature and the air of confidence overtake and envelope the protoge, the “project” or the late bloomer. That is why I am in it. There may never be a stat for achieving those kinds of victories. But it is by far the most important “w” I will ever achieve.

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