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The Jayhawks youth basketball team produced wildly successful students and athletes. PHOTO SUBMITTED
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
4:25 am CDT July 4, 2019

Providence girls basketball coach Eileen Copenhaver got down on one knee to talk to a group of fourth-graders and a couple of third-graders in 2005.

It was the first practice for a new local boys travel team: the Jayhawks. She said she used that coaching tactic “to get on their level and look them in the eye.”

Now, the Orland Park resident is looking up to most of them — literally and figuratively.