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Maryland Basketball, Gary Williams

September 30, 2010

Joe Smith blocks a shot during the Maryland vs Georgetown game in 1993

You can do it

I took this photograph of Joe Smith during the Maryland vs. Georgetown game in 1993.  This image is the only sports photograph I have framed, autographed and hanging on my wall from my time as the university’s sports photographer.  I am posting this image to my blog to honor Gary Williams, the University of Maryland’s Head Men’s Basketball.  He will be honored and inducted into the Hall of Legends at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards today.

The photograph was taken just as Joe Smith blocked Othello Harrington’s shot.  Seeing this quick and agile play from my spot under the basket was powerful to witness.   I held my breath thinking we just might win, a new hope after watching other teams win while we struggled for several years.    Winning that game was a turning point for Maryland basketball, but I think Gary always thought his team would play well and win.  Good coaches, like Gary teach and inspire and never question whether you can do it.  They just do and do well.

This photograph is my “you can do it” photograph without words.   Gary’s leadership as a coach really gave me this moment.   He came to Maryland to rebuild a team and give back to his school something to inspire spirit and pride.

Lisa Helfert worked as University of Maryland’s sports photographer between 1992-2003 and followed the men’s basketball team to the Final Four.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Samantha permalink
    September 30, 2010 9:54 pm

    Great shot! I remember the game well. Go Hoyas!! (or no, wait, Go Terps!) (oh, I was so confused)
    Congrats to Gary Williams

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