Work Hard! Play Hard! Dream Big! Basketball

  • The annual Charity Basketball game for kids is coming soon! This is a chance for young basketball players to play with their favorite basketball player! All they have to do is show the coach what it takes to play great basketball! Will it be you?!

  • Ebook Price: 9.99
  • Hardcover Price: 26.99
  • 2015-07-08
  • Newborn to Grade 3

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Copyright © text and illustrations 2013 I Can! Kids. All rights reserved.

Printed in Thunder Bay, ON, Canada M867500 000

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This is a work of fiction. The events described are imaginary. When persons are referred to by their true names, they are portrayed in entirely fictitious settings, and incidents, the reader should not infer that these settings and incidents are real or that the events actually occurred.

WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! DREAM BIG!

This year was going to be Alex's best basketball season ever. He just knew it. His friends, Rachel and Casey, were on his team and his friend Parson was playing in the same league. Today was their first practice.

"Boys and girls, we have a big surprise for you! For the next four weeks, all of the children playing basketball in BigTown are going to have a contest. One boy or girl from each league will win a chance to play in the BigTown Dream Team Charity Game." This charity game had been played in the community for over forty years now. Many famous basketball players and other celebrities play in this game each year.

"Wow!" "Yahhh!" "Me!" "Pick Me!" Everyone was hollering and yelling! All of the children were so excited, nobody could keep still.

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"Okay, okay, quiet down, boys and girls, this is how you get a chance to win! For the next four weeks, when we are playing and practicing, you have to play like you want to play professional basketball some day. Do you know what that means?"

"Work hard at the game to score as many points as you can!" yelled Alex, one of the top point guards, thinking of his favorite basketball player.

"Right! Play hard!" said the coach. Mr. Jones wrote it down on the blackboard.

"Be the first to get the rebounds and take the ball from the other team!" added Rachel, an awesome forward player.

"Right again! Play hard!" said the coach. "What about at the practice, boys and girls?"

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"So here it is...if you play hard, practice lots, try your best and listen really well each time we meet, I will give you a ticket. You sign your name to the ballot and put it in the bucket by the arena. In four weeks, we will draw a name and that boy or girl will get to play in the BigTown Dream Team Charity Game."

"Now, tell me again, what do you need to do?"

"Play hard! Practice lots! Try your best! Listen well!" They all yelled together.

It was an exciting next four weeks. Most of the players showed up, everyone practiced and did their best! It was a lot of fun playing too. We scored more, but it sure was hard since all of the players on the other teams were working really hard too!

Everyone wanted to play in the BigTown Dream Team Charity Game! Famous basketball players and celebrities were always there.

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It was time. The coach was about to draw a name. Alex, Rachel, and Casey made a pact that no matter who won, the winner would get autographs of the basketball players and other celebrities that were there. Everyone was hoping that their name would be picked.

"And the winner is...", the coach picked out a ballot, and then dropped it. Oops! Even he was excited for the kids.

He picked it up and unfolded the paper, "The winner is Alex Smith! Congratulations! This Sunday, you will get to play in the BigTown Dream Team Charity Game. The rest of us will be sitting behind the bench to cheer you on!"

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Alex was so excited that night, he couldn't sleep.

"Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Okay, I can do this. Only six more sleeps away. I will play my best, as if I am really playing professional basketball."

Later, Alex did fall asleep, but he probably counted hundreds of basketballs (instead of sheep!) in those six nights.

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Alex was really, really nervous on game day! The butterflies in his stomach were the size of dinosaurs. It felt like it took forever to get to the arena.

Alex just finished getting dressed when all of the older players walked into the dressing room. Everyone was really friendly. They gave big high fives to all of the kids and then talked about how much fun it was going to be today.

The younger players were so excited to hear some of the players stories that they almost forgot they had to play basketball!

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