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Imagine… It’s 2050 – Lake Tahoe has 100ft of Pristine Water Clarity!

May 21, 2024 | Member Submitted

Written and Submitted by Jacquie Chandler of Sustain Tahoe

How did we do it?

In 2024, we recognized trash as the symptom of failed HOSTING: How the tourism industry, business and residents welcome, guide and host 15M annual travelers (60M car trips) coming to visit our US National Treasure in a forest without gates, will determine how much trash remains. And that awareness led to actions that created a Caring Culture!

1- Lake to water transit: The “Tahoe Express” train brings travelers into Truckee, w/connecting shuttles (wait times under 15 min) moving all around the Lake. Microtransit moves people from neighborhoods to transit hubs. Transit also runs from Reno, Carson and Sacramento (hwy 50) (TOT subsidized)

2- Water Ferries connect through Geo-Centers, where travelers can also get information specific to activities and assets in that region

3- Local Housing: All Short Term Rentals have onsite hosts (like a hotel) to answer questions, ensure safety and provide local housing, along with the ‘Vacancy Tax’ , has increased rentals for locals.     

4- Education: Destination Stewardship Certification Course 

One  year course provides an immersive understanding of the watersheds: Carrying Capacity, Indigenous Wisdom, TriNomics Geotourism. Graduates who stay on can live renovated hotels that now support Tahoe docents who have made it cool to care GeoTrack adventures

5- Daphnia Floating classroom: Tahoe Science class is taught on the lake. Students also host visitors on weekends to understand, connect and then care about the watershed – first hand. 

6-Caring Culture: Every photo posted is tagged #CooltoCare inspiring  walking softly so their actions are conducive to sustaining the lake (and welcomed back)

Moving here 25 yrs ago, I was unaware Tahoe was a sensitive watershed/wildlife habitat. The only ‘welcome packet’ I received was on BMP’s?. No realtor or new friend informed me that my actions were directly tied to lake clarity. Or how leading-by-example would help visitors slow down and walk softly to get a real sense of place.

After learning about the unique care Lake Tahoe required, I saw a presentation on tourism that ‘pays to protect’ and agreed to be the Geotourism Lision for the Tahoe watershed  With other concerned locals we formed Sustain Tahoe

For 18 years we have created and demonstrated a Destination Stewardship roadmap for sustainable prosperity that includes 100 ft of water clarity.

Yes, we have everything we need right now to build a Culture of Caring. Just imagine, it’s easy if you try. The next time you see a traveler struggling, offer some guidance, start with a caring “Hi”.

Sustain Tahoe summer events

July 8th Tahoe 4 H Camp – songs and crafts

Incline Village Welcome Center: Earth Walks and crafting on request email: sustaintahoe@gmail.com

Jacquie Chandler

Executive Director Sustain Tahoe
LinkedIn  Website

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Is There A Doctor in Your House? There Should Be with High Sierra Restorative Health

May 14, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published for the Reno Ice Raiders, Written by Phillip Goodman 02/29/2024

Emily Allina does more than just stitch up Ice Raiders players (or the woeful opponents who meet Roger Hutchinson’s or Tony Tyrell’s fists). When she’s not in the rink, she’s in her brand new office in Lake Tahoe performing light wound repair or offering consultations for preventative healthcare, or she’s traversing Northern Nevada making house calls for those that don’t have the time or means to get to Tahoe. As part of her practice, Allina provides routine checkups or full lab analyses at fractions of the cost of most primary care physicians (PCPs) and health plans.

The current US model is set up like a sick-care system,” says Allina. “It’s really hard to get in to see your providers for preventative things. And even when you do there’s not much of an emphasis or there’s a pretty big knowledge gap for preventative health care or more integrated health care. What I do uses different modalities of health care using different kinds of treatments or preventative treatments. Also insurance doesn’t always cover the things you want to do for prevention.”

For example, let’s say you’re going on a trip. Some insurances won’t cover a malaria vaccination but they’ll cover your hospitalization that costs exponentially more.

Enter Allina, where an ounce of prevention can save that pound of pain. However, Allina is not advocating canceling your insurance. She is advocating seeing her before you need to implement your insurance.

“Insurance is there for catastrophic issues like if you get hurt, really ill, or need surgery,” she says. “But if you really just want to work on getting healthy and optimizing your health it’s really hard to do with any insurance system.”

So how can Allina help optimize your health right away, whether you’re as active as an Ice Raider or not?

“There’s a lot of things I can help you do to optimize your health,” she says. “First we all need to exercise and eat right. My big focus though is on injury repair and regenerative medicine so I do a lot of platelet rich plasma injections to major joints in off season. People may not need surgery but have an acute injury. It’s an option for healing and repair. Couple that with for example the men’s health for hormone balancing: making sure their thyroid is optimized and that their testosterone is optimized. Those are both important for metabolism and maintaining muscle mass and bone health to prevent osteoporosis down the road. Testosterone is hugely important for stamina, cardiovascular health, cognitive health, sleep, mood and motivation. We’re seeing testosterone declines earlier in men. But we’re also optimizing blood sugar to make sure they’re not becoming insulin resistant for early diabetes which is one of those issues that has a lot of downstream consequences for people. I’ll also check your cortisone levels which affect stress and mood. On top of that I’ll look at your vital nutrients: iron, B12, any deficiencies that cause fatigue or a sub-optimal performance. Once you’ve optimized all that then you can introduce peptide therapy which helps you release more growth hormone which can help increase your injury recovery, workout recovery, and build lean muscle mass. Peptide therapy can also help with your sleep and immune support.”

Peptide therapy doesn’t require constant visits or house calls from Allina. After your initial consultation and a review of your labs, then she can assign a therapy schedule based on your specific goals and needs. The therapies can easily be applied yourself nasally, orally, or via small insulin-like injections.

“I use a lot of these myself,” she says. “I generally try not to recommend things I would not do for myself or my family.”

Her rates as an independent practitioner will vary based on what types of services and treatments you need.

“There may be a little bit more of a cost now but you’re really going to be saving down the road a significant amount of cost because you’re going to start optimizing your health,” she continued. “Then you’re not going to be behind the ball as you get older, then paying thousands and thousands of dollars a month for medications and for specialists. With me you’re hedging for the long term.”

“It’s getting harder to see your PCP for some things so you end up going to urgent care or the ER and you still have the copay or out of pocket costs. You’ll get a better service with me, more in-depth analysis, and better follow-ups. With me you’re not one person in a big system, you’re one person in a small system with more personalized attention.”

Not only do you have the option of making an office visit if you’re in or around Tahoe, she can also come to your home or even workplace in Reno or Carson City and still take whatever samples she may need for a proper diagnosis.

“A large majority of things can be treated at home or mobily like strep throat, pink eye, mono, urinalysis, eye injuries, and more,” says Allina. “So if you’re vacationing in Tahoe and someone in the family gets hurt or sick, you don’t have to pack the whole family in the car and take them to the hospital. I can make the house call to your rental and make the diagnosis with my mobile practice.”

Even though Allina doesn’t take insurance payments, she still generates superbills that you could download from her patient portal and try to submit to your insurer for out-of-network reimbursement, depending on the case. She has also negotiated her lab prices down to one-third to one-eighth the cost of the average local lab prices. 

“A full panel of labs which is upwards of 20-25 tests can be done from only a few tablespoons of blood,” says Allina. “At one Tahoe-area hospital you’ll give 12 tubes of blood and that panel will run $2500. I can draw less blood and get the same panel of tests for $400-$500, again depending on what needs to be checked for.”

One more unique treatment she offers is ozone therapy. Per her site, “Ozone is three oxygen molecules (O3) bonded together to create an extremely potent and effective oxidant that scavenges up invading pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and molds. Intravenous ozone (O3) therapy is used to treat a multitude of acute and chronic illnesses.”

Quick personal endorsement for ozonation: my college roomate acquired an ozonator machine. It connected to our kitchen faucet for washing and sanitizing surfaces. Veggies and fruits washed in ozonated water lasted a week longer in the fridge than the unwashed. We also washed our hockey equipment in ozonated water which removed the odors and bacteria. This writer is a firm believer in the power of O3 and wonders when ozonators will be as common a kitchen/home apparatus as the garbage disposal. You will have to call Alina to find out how 03 can clean you from the inside out efficiently and safely.

Allina’s services and capabilities extend far past the confines of the rink. 

“My goal isn’t just to treat the Ice Raiders players,” she says. “My services extended to fans and supporters. I’ll come down to Reno and do consults at your office or home but I can do procedures in my office. I’ve also got in my office an infrared sauna, and a hyperbaric chamber coming soon.”

Any patients in Reno that need more medical assistance outside her area of expertise are referred to her growing network of nutritionists, exercise therapists, chiropractors and more.

A native of Indiana, Allina made her way to Tahoe via Maine, Seattle, and San Diego. Her love of all things nature and outdoors made Tahoe an easy, desirable choice for opening a new practice in 2022. She has been a hockey fan since long before her needlework at Reno Ice. Her father was a team physician for the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL so she would attend games with him while she was still in high school.

“I really like it,” she said about the Ice Raiders’ games and environment. “I’ve gotten to meet a lot of people and I’ve been somewhat helpful at games. It’s been more fun than I thought it was going to be.”

Like the Ice Raiders on the forecheck, it’s better to be on offense than playing defense. Don’t wait until you have to play defense with your health. Take offensive control and schedule your consultation with Emily Allina today.

Contact Emily

923 Tahoe Blvd, Suite 100Incline Village, NV 89451, US

(775) 347-3737

info@restorativehealthnv.com

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In The News – Incline Middle awaits STEM school designation decision

March 13, 2024 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 03/13/2024, written by Brenna O’Boyle

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Incline Middle School will find out by the end of March if it is one of the new schools to receive Nevada STEM school designation this cycle after a visit from the governor’s team last week.

“We are evaluating 20 schools across the state this cycle,” said Tracey Howard, STEM Program Director, Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology. “We are limited to 15 schools annually to receive the (new) designation. We were pleased to see how IMS is leveraging the community to enhance student learning experiences!”

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Lake Tahoe School’s Chess Team are State Champions!

March 11, 2024 | Member Submitted

Submitted by Allie Sacci from Lake Tahoe School

Calling all Bobcat fans: You might not have heard yet, but our very own Chess Team just aced their first year with a phenomenal win at the Nevada State Championship! Last weekend, a group of dedicated students and their families braved the elements to compete in Las Vegas.

For many of these young players, it was their first ever chess tournament. Despite just starting this year, our Chess Team brought home the 2024 NV State Champions title in the K-5 Reserve Division! This victory is even sweeter considering we faced some real competition. Our Bobcats were a small but mighty team, facing off against much larger teams. But that didn’t stop them! Every single player won at least one game (with some ties as well).

Here’s a breakdown of their incredible results:

K-3 Championship

Cal M. – Tied 6th on score, 7th on tiebreaks

Jaiden B. – Tied 24th on score, 25th on tiebreaks

Alex L. – Tied 24th on score, 29th on tiebreaks

Nicholas B. – Tied 39th on score, 40th on tiebreaks

Reya B. – Tied 39th on score, 41st on tiebreaks

K-5 Reserve

Eric I. – Undisputed State Champion!

Alora H. – Tied 3rd on score, 4th on tiebreaks

Abby I. – Tied 5th on score, 8th on tiebreaks

Max G. – Tied 18th on score, 19th on tiebreaks

Jameson H. – Tied 18th on score, 21st on tiebreaks

K-12 Reserve

Acadia H. – Tied 1st place, 2nd on tiebreaks

Kora O. – Tied 5th on score, 5th on tiebreaks

Putting together this championship team in less than a year is a true accomplishment. Huge thanks to Coach Eric for his dedication in leading these amazing students to victory, with support from Mr. Jude and Coach Anastasia.

Here’s a fun fact: out of all the trophies awarded in the lower grade divisions, three of the four girls who won were on our Chess Team – Acadia, Kora, and Alora! Looks like our Bobcats have some girl power on the board. And the good news keeps coming! These talented young players will get to compete again at the Girls’ State Championship right here in Duffield Hall on Saturday, April 20th.

We can’t wait to cheer them on! Congratulations to the Lake Tahoe School Chess Team for this incredible win! Go Bobcats!

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Local Spotlight – Nellie Bradshaw-Farafonova – Crystal Bay Post Office

January 2, 2024 | Meghan Ochs

Originally Published in IVCBA Live.Work.Play, Written by Meghan Ochs

Nellie Bradshaw-Farafonova is the senior, and only, passport clerk at the Crystal Bay Post Office. Nellie and her job have a lot in common, on the surface both might seem ordinary in a lovely, predictable way, perhaps even a bit outdated in today’s modern digital world. However, it turns out, her job, just as Nellie herself, is a lot more complicated than meets the eye. 

Nellie moved to Incline Village in 94’ with her second husband and their then, two young children. Today, she lives in Crystal Bay and the years between tell an interesting story about a unique woman. 

She began what she calls her ‘second career’, the one outside of raising her children, at The Hyatt as a hostess.  She soon became supervisor and moved onto the Regency Club and became a concierge manager. In early 2002, she made a big change and moved to Russia to teach English. The move was precipitated by both her divorce in 2001 and 9/11 which impacted tourism. Nellie loved her time and experiences in Moscow, but despite having a multi entry exit visa and visiting on occasion, she desperately missed her children. Listening to Nellie discuss her time in Russia it’s obvious that her time away fed her naturally adventurous spirit. While there, she earned good money to send back to her children and married her third husband who was Russian. In 2005 she came back to Tahoe and was devastated when soon thereafter her marriage ended. However, Nellie’s palpable tenacity kicked in. Nellie started what would become a long term career with The United States Post Office. 

Hard work and adaptability seem to come easily to Nellie which is incredibly useful in her role at USPO. The office at Crystal Bay is actually under the jurisdiction of The State Department in Los Angeles and is unique in the number of passports it processes. Prior to COVID, 65-70 a month were processed, now, Nellie and her single member staff, do over 1600 in a 6 month period. People come by multiple travel modalities to get to Nellies office for complicated travel cases. Nellie has an amicable nature that lends well to customer service and she loves all who visit. She notes that her job requires a lot of patience due to the long term nature of acquiring passports. She often encounters angry and disgruntled people.  However, she still builds lots of positive personal relationships. She can rattle off names and addresses the same way people remember land line phone numbers. Nellie has obvious, high level people skills. 

The Post Office in 2023 might seem irrelevant. Something similar could theoretically, and wrongly, be assumed about Nellie. As a short statured 68 year old woman, she seems quiet and unassuming. Nellie has the appearance of a young and kind grandmother. Talking to Nellie you quickly learn that both of these assumptions about her, and the place she works, are far from the truth. Nellie is anything but quiet, or tame. She is sweet and kind yes, but an emotionally strong, unique woman who forged her own path and collected a lot of stories of adventure, hard work, and heartbreak. As for the place she works, it doesn’t take long to learn how truly important the services she provides really are. Nellie and the Crystal Bay Post Office provide services and basic needs to individuals and families that many take for granted. There seem to be a lot of unspoken parallels between Nellie and her work, perhaps this is why she loves it.  Nellie hopes to stay in her current role for awhile longer. She thinks about retirement from her 6 days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day, job but knows it doesn’t make sense until she becomes a grandparent, or finds a new partner. For now, for the benefit of local residents and wannabe travelers, Nellie will be behind the counter at Crystal Bay in the signature USPO light blue shirt, and navy apron, with her big smile and warm heart, greeting all those who walk through the door. 

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Pet Network and Local Photographer Nina Miller Team Up To Help Animals Find Forever Homes

November 3, 2023 | Member Submitted

As we’re heading into the cold season and enjoy snuggling up on a comfy couch, perhaps by a crackling fire, we’re inclined to think about ways to spread some warmth.

Pet Network Lake Tahoe and long-time local photographer Nina Miller with Nina · Photography have teamed up to help more animals find a loving, caring forever home by raising funds for Pet Network’s animal rescue programs. Book a pet portrait session this fall, and the full session fee will be donated to Pet Network. Share the love and gratitude you have for your own pet and help other animals find a cozy spot to curl up! 

Is your pet the bestest, cutest, quirkiest, sweetest?

Come into the studio in Kings Beach and let’s bring out your furry friend’s personality. If you have more than one, bring them all! The focus is on your pet with minimalist, gorgeous portraits. We can include you or your kids in some photos as well, of course. Feel free to bring props — like a favorite toy, bandana, or holiday themed items for holiday cards.

A win for you, a win for animals in need

To showcase your beloved companion, you can purchase wall art, albums, holiday cards, and more from gorgeous, timeless photos you will love. Plus, your pet will be featured on a dedicated web page!

Holiday spirit with a purpose 

Pet Network-branded holiday cards will be available if you’d like to give even more! In the spirit of the season, 20% of the proceeds from these cards will be donated to Pet Network Lake Tahoe.

Come be a part of this collaboration where your pet takes center stage, and your support enriches the lives of animals in need. Book your session today!

About Pet Network Lake Tahoe

Pet Network Humane Society enables pets and people to connect and thrive through compassionate care, envisioning a society where all companion animals receive love and respect as valued members of families and communities.

Pet Network is a 501(3)c charitable organization (EIN: 94-3162646) that relies entirely on 501(c)3 tax-exempt donations from people like you to continue its life-saving mission.

About Nina · Photography

When not behind the camera, Nina loves to travel, in particular with her teenage son back to her native Germany and around Europe. Though she doesn’t have a furry companion of her own, she often dogsits. Her current pet is a leopard gecko.

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In The News – Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation awards nearly $300k in grants to local nonprofits

September 14, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune 9/14/2023, Submitted

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation announced that it has granted nearly $300,000 from its Community Fund to nonprofit organizations serving the Lake Tahoe basin in 2023, thanks to their donor community. 

Each year, the Foundation offers competitive Community Fund grants to nonprofit organizations. These grants allow nonprofit organizations to request the support they need to better serve the Tahoe Region and focus on the Community Foundation’s five focus areas: well-being, education, arts and culture, environment, and community engagement. 

Each year, the Community Impact Committee, which is comprised of volunteer members from the community, review each grant proposal and award the most impactful opportunities.  

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Water Safety at Lake Tahoe

August 8, 2023 | Member Submitted

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District (NLTFPD) is warning of an increased risk of water rescues at Lake Tahoe due to the cold water temperatures. The water temperature at Lake Tahoe is currently 67 degrees, which is considered cold water. Cold water can quickly lead to cold water shock, swim failure, and hypothermia, which can be deadly.

“We have already responded to several water rescues this summer,” said NLTFPD Fire Chief Ryan Sommers. “We want to remind everyone to be aware of the dangers of cold water and to take precautions to stay safe.”

Here are some water safety tips for Lake Tahoe:

  • Always wear a life jacket. A life jacket is your best protection against drowning in cold water.
  • Enter the water slowly and feet first. Cold water shock can cause a powerful gasp reflex, which can make it difficult to breathe.
  • Never swim alone. Have a friend or family member with you in case you need help.
  • Check the weather forecast for wind conditions. Strong winds can make it difficult to swim and boat.
  • Be aware of the red flag warning status. A red flag warning indicates high fire danger, which can also make water rescue more difficult.
  • File a float plan. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Here are some additional tips for staying safe in cold water:

  • Dress for the water temperature, not the air temperature. Wear a wetsuit or other appropriate clothing to stay warm.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs. Alcohol and drugs can impair your judgment and coordination, making it more difficult to stay safe in cold water.
  • Know your limits. If you are not a strong swimmer, do not go into the water alone.
  • Be prepared for anything. The weather can change quickly at Lake Tahoe, so be prepared for anything.

The NLTFPD is committed to keeping our community safe. If you see someone in trouble in the water, call 911 immediately.

  • Contact: Tia Rancourt                                                                                        
  • Public Education/Information Officer
  • North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District                                      
  • trancourt@nltfpd.net
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Why a James Beard Award-winning chef opened a restaurant in a Tahoe bowling alley

May 15, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the SF Gate on 5/14/2023. Written by Andrew Pridgen.

As temperatures rise, snow continues to melt and days grow longer, the last place you might think of planning your Tahoe trip around is a bowling alley — but that would mean missing out on one of the lake’s newest and most notable pieces of paradise, straight from Hawaii.

A vintage holdover from the mid-1960s, Incline Village’s Bowl Inclinerecently underwent a complete overhaul. It now features refurbished and illuminated bowling lanes, a new bar, a fully stocked arcade and pool room, giant flat screen TVs, outdoor dining and games, event spaces, and even an ax-throwing range in a welcoming 17,239-square-foot facility.

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Casey Jennings & Lake Tahoe Volleyball Academy

April 12, 2023 | John Crockett

Launched in 2022, the Lake Tahoe Volleyball Academy led by local coaches Casey Jennings and Tacy Kelly provides a club team experience for local female athletes seeking to develop skills on and beyond the court.  The academy is the first club team in North Lake Tahoe and is a chance for Casey to pass on his decades of elite team and beach volleyball experience to a new generation of athletes.  

While local middle and high schools field volleyball teams, the school season is a sprint of just over 2 months, limiting practice time and competition.  After coaching the Incline High team with Tacy and observing their progress and potential, they saw the need for a local club team.  

Casey says the coaching he received as a teen had the most impact on his future success.  And that is what motivated him to start LTVA and work with youth.  “I’m so excited to give back to that age group.  The time is right and I’m excited for the future.”

A native Nevadan, Casey began playing team volleyball in his hometown of Las Vegas.  Spending summers in Incline, he and his brother would play on the sand at Ski Beach from morning until dusk.  As part of a state championship team, he credits high school coach Bob Kelly with instilling the discipline and accountability that set him on a path to future success.  

“I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to thank him enough for the lessons he taught me,” says Jennings.  “I don’t think I would be where I am today, making a living and traveling the world, without him.  Now it’s my turn to pass those lessons on.” 

Jennings’s resume includes winning a Junior College Championship at Golden West Juior Colege, the 1999 NCAA National Championship at Brigham Young University, an international gold and several silver and bronze medals on the FIVB World Tour, seven Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) beach volleyball tournament wins, and AVP accolades including Best Defensive and Most Improved Player awards.  

Last fall, Casey and Tacy held well-attended tryouts and fielded teams for three different age groups.  The club competes throughout the region with the season culminating in late April at the Far West Qualifiers in Reno.  The LTVA staff is complemented by coach Grace Hubrig who works with the under 13 and 14 teams and manager Ryan Shuff.     

The LTVA coaches want to instill fundamentals in their players but also the importance of a sport, school, and life balance.  “If you don’t come to practice because you have piano lessons, school work, or another sport, tell your parents, ‘Good job.’  Stay involved in multiple activities because it makes their approach to volleyball that much better,” says Jennings.  The coaches can also leverage their expertise by bringing in specialists in yoga, footwork, and nutrition.   

“Casey is big at teaching life lessons,” says Shuff, a friend of Casey’s for 35 years.  “He is so impactful on these girls that they will remember the skills and mindset they are learning for the rest of their lives.  The coaches work so well together and provide a great experience for the team.”

Nevada is home for Casey and his wife Kerri Walsh Jennings, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and they are raising their three children in Incline Village.  With all of his experience, Casey must know what makes a great team work.  “It’s all about trust.  Every student athlete will miss a practice here and there.  As a coach, you know the commitment by the consistency of showing up,” which leads to team success both on and off the court.  

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