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Lessons for a Lifetime

January 16, 2020

As the 2019-20 boys’ team prepares for the January 24th ‘Throwback Throwdown’ in the Lawless Gym, an alumnus reflects on the Friars’ improbable basketball championship 54 seasons ago.

By Mike Shields ’67

I’ve traveled many ‘roads’ after leaving Fenwick, but I have never forgotten the lessons I learned as a member of the basketball team and particularly the 1966 team that won the Chicago Catholic League title that year – against significant odds.


Shields plans to return to the old Lawless Gym on Jan. 24 for a "Throwback Throwdown."

We won the title in March of ’66; one of many championships won by Fenwick teams throughout its long history. But my own sense as a student of that history is that few of these teams had as amazing and improbable road to a title as we had, and it is that story that I’d like to share and use to reinforce the idea that, although the title was great, it was the ‘lessons learned’ along the way that were more lasting and more important.



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