EDITORIAL: Dimoff duo seek more success after Red Lion
- Youth Impact Project provides free back-to-school supplies and services.
- Another program gives seniors a much-needed means to meet new friends.
Thumbs up: To retiring Red Lion varsity girls’ basketball coach Don Dimoff, who has headed the program since the mid-1990s and is leaving quite a legacy at the high school.
In 22 years as the Lions' head coach, Dimoff went 480-141 and won consecutive District 3-AAAA titles in 2011 and 2012. More recently Dimoff watched his girls (including his daughter Courtney) clinch its ninth York-Adams League championship during his tenure.
Moving forward, Red Lion Athletic Director Arnold Fritzius said, "We seek an energetic coach that will 'continue and build on' the tradition that Coach Dimoff has created."
Will he miss coaching his daughter?
Not anytime soon, as he has taken on a part-time assistant coaching job on her new team at Millersville University.
Thumbs up: To the Youth Impact Project, which will provide free school supplies, sneakers, haircuts and family portraits to children from families in need in York and south-central Pennsylvania during their “tent event.”
Beginning in 2014, the group saw a need for supplies and services for families who were cash-strapped as the kids were heading back to school.
Ever since, the group has teamed up with local churches, businesses and organizations to host the event, which serves more than 2,500 families. Families can collect specific items and services from a number of tents during the program.
"For a lot of these kids, it's not their fault they're in poverty. We're trying to inspire these kids and let them know that education really matters," Executive Director Ken Landis said.
The event is Saturday, July 30, starting at 8 a.m. at the Northern York School District Complex, 653 S. Baltimore St. in Dillsburg.
Thumbs up: To the Windy Hill on the Campus senior center for recognizing the need for an over-60 singles "Meet and Greet.”
"It's hard dating at our age, or even meeting new friends," said participant Sandy Lasater.
Originally planned as a speed dating outing, the event drew nearly 20 seniors, cultivating friendships or, perhaps, a little romance.
"From what I've been hearing, we do need this kind of program," said Tammy Miller, executive director at Windy Hill.
It was such a hit the center has planned another “Meet and Greet” for Aug. 16, at the Spring Grove VFW.