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| Fall 2010/ Winter 2011
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Employee Spotlight: Going to court
In basketball, the ball is bounced between players, dribbled from one end of the court to the other, and lofted into the air to net points. The ball is rarely still. Yet, in Mike and Norma Miller’s Mechanicsburg household,
the fast-paced sport of basketball is an adhesive of sorts that has united the busy family of four.
Being the coach’s daughter will be secondary to the excellent skills Taylor offers the team, the Millers say of their daughter. Of course they’re delighted to have her attend college so close to home (and one so dear to their hearts), but they’re also committed to helping her have an “away experience,” so it doesn’t feel so much to her like she selected a college in her own backyard.
When recruiting players for the team, Mike says he looks at the whole family because he knows the player often reflects the values of her parents. First and foremost, he says, the team is a “community with Christ as its foundation.”
Through the years, Mike and Norma have poured a lot of time, energy, and prayer into the women’s basketball program
at Messiah. While Mike worked on court skills with the girls, Norma led Bible studies and prayer times with the players. The team has done mission work in the Dominican Republic, raised money for Haitian Relief, and been recognized for outstanding performance both on the court and in the classroom.
Between Mike’s coaching and their children’s playing, basketball has been central to their family for many years. This, Mike and Norma agree, has been great for many reasons, including the connections the sport has helped them forge with other families in Central Pennsylvania.