Right now, many youngsters are likely fiddling on their smart tablets or glaring at the TV a little bit more than usual. If Iola resident Brandon Thomas were in a similar predicament during his childhood, he’d probably be shooting hoops.
Thomas is an avid youth sports coach, ranging from recreation football, soccer, and baseball, to his 8U Iola Mustangs travel baseball team. His motivation to be involved in youth sports comes from childhood, but what makes Thomas’ case more peculiar is that he discovered sports on his own.
“I remember watching sports when my parents would let me, and one year my parents brought me a basketball goal that I played with all the time,” Thomas said. “We lived way out in the country, so I didn’t have kids I could go play with at the ball field. I had to do it all by myself. Sports just kind of overtook me, and everything I played, I gave 100%.”
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