Luke Winkler has always loved playing basketball, and credits much of his success on the court to the growth he experienced at the Y. He is especially thankful for all of the training and wisdom he's received over the years from coaches at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA.
“I’ve had some of the best coaches I’ll ever have at the Y. Not only did they teach me how to become a more skilled point guard and leader on the court, they helped me grow to become a better person.”
Luke started playing basketball at the Y as a young boy, participating in skill camps and playing on different teams throughout his childhood.
“I had a fun time at all the Y camps I went to, and I felt it was a great community and environment to be in—everyone there wanted to see me succeed. It was a great experience, and I always loved coming back to play.”
Later on, in fifth-grade, Luke joined THE Program—Traveling Hoop Elite Program—at the Y, where he was able to challenge himself by playing in more competitive basketball leagues, while also traveling to new and exciting places.
“Everyone thinks of the Y as just being for fun or recreation. But you can also play at a competitive level—where you can further develop your game and learn from coaches who have a lot of basketball experience themselves.”
Today, Luke plays on both Grant High School’s junior varsity basketball team, and also on the Beaverton Hoop YMCA’s high school basketball travel team. He even spends time coaching at the Y, helping today's youth learn the game and develop their skills.
“It’s a lot of fun. I work at the youth camps and I get to see kids have experiences similar to the ones I once had. I really enjoy coaching and hope I can take on a team of my own someday.”
Luke looks forward to the rest of his high school basketball career and plans on continuing his involvement with the Y for many more years to come.
“There’s always been a main corps of people at the Y who are super nice and always willing to accept everyone. There might be ups and downs in life, but you can always come back to the Y community and they’ll accept you with open arms.”
Thank you Luke for being a role model to the youth you work with. We wish you luck with the rest of your basketball career, and look forward to seeing you continue on your journey of growth.