2020 Athletics Hall of Fame: Shane O’Donoghue

2020 Athletics Hall of Fame: Shane O’Donoghue


♪ Shane loved basketball all his life. Actually, Shane loved any kind of ball. Uh, but the basketball really came about when he was 22 months old. Uh, his sister, Meghan, was just born, and he received one of those, uh, cardboard, uh, playschool basketball hoops for Christmas. And, uh, he opened that, and that was about it. Uh, everything from the rest of that afternoon on was all basketball. >>Shane was really competitive, especially growing up, and I think it, it made a lot of the stuff we did more fun because you really did want to win, you wanted to beat your older brother. But really, even when it came to me later playing basketball, you know, he would spend time and, and was quite serious about trying to teach me the right way to do things or, you know, look, you’re not doing this on your jump shot. So that competitiveness is something he had, but he also, you know, brought that same level of seriousness and, you know, focus even when it came to helping others. >>One of the reasons he actually chose Moraine was that he wanted to play; he did not want to ride the pine, sit the bench, uh, come in as a utility player here and there, and he wanted to play on a daily basis. Had he not been taken from us so soon, his goal probably would have been to travel the world and meet people. And he wanted to talk about them. He, he never really wanted to talk about himself. He’d meet people, and it’s how are, how are they, and they turned the conversation to him, and he would turn it back to them. He was a warm, kind spirit. And, I hope that people remember him that way. >>He used to wear this band on his wrist that, you know, we sometimes wear now, too, that, that has ‘attitude’ on it. Um, and he really said that, all of those competitive moments and, you know, his battle with cancer was really first and foremost about attitude. And that’s such a lesson I think for, for us, and we try to live that and, you know, remember that, that that’s really what it’s all about. >>Moraine Valley played a tremendous role in Shane’s life. He was able to live here at home, work a part-time job. I, I think it created, um, instilled in him a, a value for hard work and for making your own way in life. We have pictures of him on the driveway shooting hoops at midnight and 1 a.m. in the morning with, uh, like a spotlight and a floodlight out there because he had to work on his shots, and he really had to work on his dunks. He, he put a lot of effort into everything he did. >>Having Shane inducted into the Hall of Fame at Moraine Valley is, you know, it’s a really great reflection of his own accomplishments. You know, his hard work and the love that he really had for basketball, you know, I think that’s something we certainly experienced, but having a chance to have that recognized by Moraine and giving us an opportunity to, to celebrate that again is something that means a lot to us. ♪ ♪

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