For Harrisburg Coach Kirk Smallwood, basketball is the carrot that leads city youth to his mentorship. Smallwood, a 1973 Harrisburg High School graduate, is considered a legend in the school district. He served 16 years as the district's athletic director and has coached basketball there for as long as anyone remembers. "I love this school district, and I'm willing to do anything to help the kids here," Smallwood proudly noted. "I was in the second class to graduate from Harrisburg High School." To the hundreds of young people that Smallwood has mentored over the years, he is far more than a basketball coach.

"Coach Smallwood is like a father figure to me," said Tony James, 16, an incoming 11th-grader at Harrisburg's Sci-Tech High School and a third-year player on the Smallwood Summer League. "He always helps us out and always has our back."

The Smallwood Summer League is a Harrisburg [High School] basketball [league] that Smallwood has run for seven weeks every summer since 1991, in addition to serving as the high school's basketball coach during the regular school year. The league competes against 34 school districts from throughout the state, including Williamsport, Hazleton and Shamokin.

"Coach Smallwood is a great coach," said Elijah Barrett, 18, an incoming Harrisburg High senior and a second-year Smallwood Summer League player. "He teaches us to become great men."

Coach of the Year

Smallwood, of Susquehanna Township, began his coaching career in 1978 as an assistant coach at Harrisburg High. It was the same year he started working as a substitute teacher in the school district - just two days after receiving a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Kutztown University. He was hired full-time later that year, continuing as a "general teacher" in the district until 1989, when he left for ..... PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

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