EDITORIAL: McGlynn creates legacy with Ballers program

York Dispatch
  • Insurance commissioner talks torts to teens.
  • York High Bistro will help special needs students.

Thumbs Up: Pat McGlynn takes basketball seriously.

Coach Pat McGlynn talks to his players during York Ballers AAU practice at York High School in York City, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Dawn J. Sagert photo

When McGlynn created the Ballers program, he just wanted a team for his son to play on in middle school.

Now his son has completed a college basketball career, and Pat is running one of the most successful Amateur Athletic Union programs in the region.

With a deep bench of contacts in the area's basketball community, the well-respected McGlynn draws enthusiastic former players — some of the best in the area — to coach the six teams in the program.

And lots of those former players move up in the coaching ranks.

Players in the program garner a good deal of attention from college basketball recruiters, as well.

Like a true champion, McGlynn credits the success of the program to his staff of coaches.

Former stars give back to Ballers program as coaches

"I think it speaks strongly for Pat McGlynn," said one of his coaches, Brad Weaver. "That's one of the reasons I'm here. To learn from (Pat McGlynn), and I think it's the tradition.”

Thumbs Up: To most, the topic of insurance in not an exciting one. To teen drivers, it definitely is not.

That’s why is was vital for Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to teach teens about the importance of financial literacy regarding auto insurance.

She presented “Insurance 101” to a group at Martin Library this week.

“Driving is one of the first adult responsibilities we have,” Teresa Miller said to the students.

Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller teaches students and community members  about the importance of choosing the right insurance during an "Insurance 101" lesson at the Martin Library.

The interactive course featured information about deductibles, tort and factors in choosing insurance packages.

She also talked about why teen drivers pay more for insurance joking that “you guys are dangerous.”

Pa. insurance commissioner educates York students about choices

The course asked students to make decisions in fictitious scenarios. Miller explained how those decisions can lead to varied deductible expenses and higher premiums.

It sounds like Miller made “Insurance 101” fun and informative.

It has to be to keep the attention of new drivers who just want to go for a spin.

Thumbs Up: To those involved in the creation of the Bearcat Bistro, which had its grand opening this week at William Penn Senior High School.

William Penn High School

The bistro is being run by the school’s Life Skills program and offers a unique chance for it students to run a "business." It will be open mornings two days a week and serve light food and drinks for the school staff.

“I am very excited for the opportunities it will provide for the Life Skills students,” support teacher Michelle Masco said in a news release. “This cafe provides students with moderate to severe disabilities a chance to plan, shop, bake and sell.”

York High students to run Bearcat Bistro

The York County Alliance for Learning awarded a grant for the program, and Green Bean Roasting Company owner Jen Schreiber generously came forward as a sponsor.

"As a city resident and business owner, giving back to the community is essential to me,” Schreiber said in a release.

What a unique opportunity for these special-needs students to experience entrepreneurship in a hands-on environment.