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In July I took a group of students to a basketball tournament in Toronto. We arrived super early and therefore had 3 hours to kill with a group of frustrated and bored young men. I prayed and asked God for some help on what to do.

We ended up back in the van and on our way to the Toronto beaches. We bought ice creams and went for a walk on the boardwalk, some of the guys found this very amusing. “Who goes for a walk anyway?”

We then got to the end of the boardwalk and I decided to start skipping stones on the water. Some guys looked at me like I was an old man. But within five minutes all ten of the teenage boys were standing next to me skipping stones for the next hour. Some of the guys had never done this before and they didn’t know how to skip the stones. This was something most boys would do with their dad. Then I realized the deep truth in this moment. Many of our boys didn’t have that opportunity.

I felt God’s presence with these young men as they experienced the most regular of activities. Later on at the tournament, the boys actually got to meet NBA players and took pictures with them. However the highlight for me, was the hour on the beach skipping stones and seeing cool kids become children again.

– Coach Jay

Skipping stones at the Toronto beach.
Skipping stones at the Toronto beach.

Post Author: James Coolidge