Thanks to all the fans

Thanks to all the fans

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To the Editor:

To Vineyarders everywhere, the boys basketball team and I would like to thank everyone who came out to support us as we played for a chance at a state title at the Garden. It was awe inspiring to look around the Garden and see so many people decked out in purple and white. It is an experience my boys and I will always treasure.

There were times this winter when I doubted both myself and my perception of my Island community, but as always you came through when it mattered most. The thing that is most special about this Island – its people – was never more apparent than in the outpouring of love and support which culminated in our game Tuesday.

They say it takes a village to raise a child, then I guess it takes an Island to raise a team, and you guys did a heck of job.

A special thanks to Rachel Araujo and Peggy Stone for organizing the transportation to the game. They were truly amazing. Lastly, thank you to all the businesses that generously donated to make the fan buses available, and to the SSA for making a special trip to get us all home Tuesday evening.

It has been a special year for me and the team and we can’t thank you all enough, be well.

Coach Mike Joyce and the boys basketball team

Oak Bluffs