Fathers, Sons, and Surrogates
On their drive for a state title, the boys of Charlestown experience setbacks and surprises. When some players see their absent dads come back into their lives, their coach - and father figure - encourages them to embrace the relationship. He never had that chance in his own life.
This is part two of a three-part series by Neil Swidey, who followed the Charlestown High boys basketball team on its hunt for a state title. The series explores bonds that transcend race and one coach's drive to push players beyond their troubled neighborhoods and into college. (Full article: 3798 words)
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