Time Spent in Connecticut

Friday, October 8, 2010

Hartford CT – We flew from Sioux Falls, SD to Hartford, CT for this weekend’s Donor Appreciation Luncheons. Dominic, one of our seniors in High School, had never flown before, and was quite excited about the experience.

The highlight of the day was visiting the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield Massachusetts. One display case celebrated Indiana High School basketball, remembering the Milan Miracle that inspired the movie “Hoosiers”. I thought of the day Dad and I stopped by Milan and I heard the story of the underdogs who beat the giants. My favorite personality to remember was former UCLA coach John Wooden. Besides being a winning coach, he taught his players good lessons about life. “Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out,” or “failure to prepare is preparing to fail”.

The boys at the Basketball Hall of Fame

The center of the museum contained a court for people to play and reminisce. I even hit a few three pointers. Dean enjoyed the rims that were lowered so he could dunk.

Our chaperones, Steve and Jan, used to live on the outskirts of Hartford, and we drove by their old homestead and let them tell a few stories about their life before they came to St. Joseph’s. We finished up the day with supper at a restaurant near a mall, and a chance for the students to look for a few souvenirs to take home as mementos.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

5 thoughts on “Time Spent in Connecticut”


    Cynthia’MILLER’- skaggs

  2. Steve and Jan-
    BE PROUD of your ole HOMESTEAD; as no one else will ever be able to live it in the same eyes, as yourselves; or tell the same Beautiful stories; that you love to tell over and over….that GOD placed in your hearts.
    These happenings are very touching to me, and I do enjoy hearing of them. The pictures of such wonderful ones are so special also.–

    Cynthia’MILLER’- skaggs

  3. No place like home..! And nothing better than putting your feet under the table… at home..!
    Speaking of old friends, what has happened to Neven? We used to see his posts to you frequently on your blog. We hope he is okay..!
    Hugs and Prayers..
    Mia and Bob

  4. Dear Fr. Steve,

    Gee we really wish we had known you were in CT. It woud have been great to meet you in person and visit for a while. Maybe next time? Hope all is going well with you and send our love to everyone.


    Nancy & Kenny.

  5. Marty and I are looking forward to meeting you in November in Baltimore. I’ve been a part of St. Joe’s for almost 50 years.You sound as though you’re getting around fairley well,Fr.Steve.God bless you for the good work you are doing!See you next month.
    Teddy Brennan

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