SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A little guidance can go a long way. This month we’re introducing you to 16-year-old Ricky, a young man who lives and breathes basketball.
He spends hours a week practicing his three pointers, and now all he needs is a family to give him a shot. But even for a three point master like Ricky, it never hurts to get some pointers.
Kevin Clark is the director of Backcourt Hoops at Riverfront Sports in Scranton. He’s helping Ricky refine some mechanics.
“Ricky is a great kid,” says Clark. “A lot of smiles. [He] loves the game of basketball.”
Ricky’s passion for the game shines through the second you meet him.
“When he’s interested in something it’s full speed ahead,” says Marian Kolcun, a child specific recruitment specialist from Diakon who works with Ricky. “And of course sports — basketball — that is his thing.”
But after a lesson, it’s time for some one-on-one. Ricky likes to keep it simple.
“I just shoot the ball when I’m open,” says Ricky.
After an early defecit, Ricky puts his skills together and steals the win.
Ricky is always trying to get better and is looking for a family to help him grow at new things.
“[I would want] a family that would be active and that would participate in a bunch of activities for me,” says Ricky.
The 16-year-old takes that passion for basketball and applies it to other parts of his life too. He does well in school and wants to go to Notre Dame some day. He also loves to cook and thinks that could be his calling as a career.
“[I want to] open up my own business,” says Ricky. “Maybe a restaurant or something.”
That’s where a family comes in to encourage Ricky and help him along just like Kevin Clark is doing on the court.
For more information on Ricky and the Swan Organization, including post-permanency services, call 1-800-585-7926.