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Opinion: Heartfelt thanks to IVGID, youth basketball programs

My name is John Redfern. My wife Kathy and I have had the amazing blessing of raising our boy/girl freshman twins in Incline Village since 2004. We consider Incline a tiny slice of Heaven that God gifted to us here on earth.

The two biggest reasons we feel this way are the community of people we live among and the beauty in and around us. IVGID is a vital and irreplaceable part of why we feel that way.

From the beginning we have enjoyed as a family walking the beaches and trails that you maintain. Skiing at Diamond Peak, which you maintain. And most importantly, watching our kids play soccer and Little League baseball on the beautiful fields you maintain and playing basketball at the wonderful Rec Center that (you guessed it) you maintain.

When my kids started playing Rec League basketball in the second grade, Indra Winquest ran this program. He has since very deservedly been promoted up into a higher level of management. But he still has a hands on approach and is critical to this part of the program.

When Shane Goddard took over, there was a seamless transition which has remained that way since. My family consider both of these fine men as our friends and our kids friends. The Rec Center has always been a safe and welcoming place for them.

As some of you may know, Indra is my daughter’s varsity basketball coach, and Shane is the team’s biggest fan. There was no one louder at Lawler Event Center on the Friday afternoon that we beat Agassi Prep to make it to the state finals than Shane.

Along with Tim Kelly, these two men and your staff are the biggest reason that small town Incline Village plays upper level basketball in a big way. I want to thank you IVGID from the bottom of my heart for helping to make Incline the best place in the world to live. You have set a high bar of excellence. Please don’t ever lower that bar.

With much love and appreciation.

The Redfern Family

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