Article from Argentinian Mag (translated by Google). FYI: Marplatense means from Mar del Plata (Argentinian city); Pato, his nickname, means duck.
On The Right Track
Settled in their new life in the United States, Patricio Garino marplatense basketball aims to continue his career at George Washington University. Via Facebook, shared with The Atlantic recently the unforgettable experience of Montverde Academy in Orlando
In August, his life will turn around. And Patricio Garino, marplatense basketball must hit another jump. Two years after first stepping on U.S. soil, the boy prepares to join the George Washington University.
"Pato" who always dreamed of being someone in the basketball and walking the path step by step but growing in every way, chatted via Facebook with The Atlantic, recently shared this unforgettable experience that passes.
It seems to have fallen far that "Basketball without Borders" in Mexico, where the NBA players saw their conditions, projected and posted becándolo. "That night I cried with emotion. And at 7 months was at Montverde Academy in Orlando, "he said Garino, by outlining the beginning of the story.
After a logical time to adapt, the 18-year-old boy began to feel at home and then yielded, not only within the court. "I thank my manager Mr. K had the courtesy of giving me this opportunity, my teachers who have guided me along the way of education, and my coaches, who are daily plotting my path and giving shape to my dreams" . It takes a while, pauses in the story and thanks to all. A great gesture.
In addition to earning a spot on the team, be a reference to their peers, get the award for best player of the tournament Kingdom of The Sun in Ocala where he was crowned champion and one of the best in the competition, with a record of 13 wins and 2 losses, Garino also accumulated awards "in life."
When he returned from his break in 2011, was chosen as "prefects" a very important position within the educational community, since, according to reports "should gather a lot of the studied conditions: high grades, good character, good with students and teachers, have a leading position and be approved in all interviews with teachers and staff hierarchy and the Director. " And about his role, which had only 11 guys over, described: "We have to check the rooms at night and notice the time off phones and computers. We organize trips every weekend, working with management getting new families and new students, and enjoy lots of benefits, for example, do not have hours of supervised study. We are free to study in our rooms or anywhere in the school. "
But its not enough, on its merits, was named "Honor Councils", "a group of 10 qualified students who have the function to judge the students who commit serious offenses, hear their statements and in some way if necessary to defend the school authorities. "
Although everything seemed to go well, a change greatly disturbed "Duck". Kevin Sutton, his coach since he entered Montverde, did not renew the contract and Kevin Boyle. "It was hard not to find as ever in his office," Garino said about his former coach. "He was my mentor during my first year in college, I shared many weekends with his family, and felt part of my life," he said. "I had to await the arrival of new coach and start over again to earn a place in the team," said the Mar del Plata.
After the uncertainty, talent and sacrifice, Garino formed man of white teas, which "has an important sport curriculum and their only goal is to win." Boyle brought players in the positions of Union emerged kid and it was very cold in the relationship with their target, as "not get involved with us on the staff. On the court we were just players and off the court the relationship does not exist. "
It's time to play and preseason games, the title alternated marplatense kid as a bodyguard, eaves and a power forward. "I told myself that the hand came last. My head was spinning, I did not know what to think. Did not talk much with us. And I wondered if I was putting in all positions closed because none of them and believed that any time I stood on the bench. But before the official season, one day I said to Patrick, I like all positions, you're a versatile player with excellent vision, we will have a good season this year. "
Beginning in August, will leave a strong emotion, follow the path he wants to travel. Just as he had to get away from Mar del Plata, his friends and family, now have to leave Orlando. "I leave all this will cost. This wonderful and my teammates. We are one big family everyone will be difficult to close this stage, "said Garino, who chose George Washington University, seduced by the minutes of the game that will have. "With the coach, Mike Lonergan, we understood from day one and speak clearly. There is a covenant commitment between the two and I loved it. It's the type of people looking into his eyes and squeezed his hand hard. I have confidence in him and know that I transmitted the same, "said the boy and said:" My desire is to play from the first year as much as possible. But I know that I expected a big challenge. I have on my team players who are four years older, but that does not worry me. My head is already adapted to this system and I used to work hard. I have overcome many obstacles in these two years. I have many strengths and very hungry to win. "
THE VISIT OF THEIR PARENTS
"I spent the Christmas and New Year, accompanied by my parents came to visit me and we can not travel because we are in high sports season. It's nice to get a dose of family, revitalizes the soul. And I was joined on the tournament as when I was in Mar del Plata. We really enjoyed those days. "
"We played in Memphis, Saint Judes benefit of the hospital fighting cancer in children and is home to about 500. I was lucky to go and moved me. I realized that not everything in life is basketball and you can not be a sleepless night or low hunger for losing a match. You have to enjoy life to the fullest and without depriving yourself of anything. "