In the 50 years since the birth of the Diocese of Orlando, no varsity team has ever won every game for three consecutive years, earning the three regional championships and three Diocese Cups. Holy Family Catholic School in Orlando’s Varsity Lady Lions Basketball team set a new record. The team’s mantra, “Faith, love, believe” has a lot to do with their success.
Coach Rhett Kilmer said, “We always talk about love. The girls believe in each other and love each other like sisters, on and off the court.” He explained that most of the 11 team members have been playing since kindergarten. “Being Catholic, the big thing we did, coaches and players, was we held hands and prayed before each game and before every single practice. Then, in unison we said, ‘Whether we win or lose, we give praise, honor and glory to God.’”
Kilmer has coached for more than 30 years and found his team uniquely embraced that statement. “They’re not only great basketball players, accomplishing something that’s never been done before, but they’re actually better people than they are basketball players,” he added.
The family atmosphere, support and faith is also fostered by coaches Alex Senior and Bobby Singh and the parents. The team played every school in the Catholic Youth Sports regional diocese which includes Seminole, Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Brevard counties. “We talk a lot about faith, love and believing,” said Kilmer. “I think it leads to success.” Most players will be attending Bishop Moore Catholic High School next year, giving hope for future championships.
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic – November 14, 2018