Time to rebound for the Rymals

Rymal
Rymal
Posted: April 26, 2013

AS A COLLEGE basketball fan in the early 1970s, maybe you went to the Palestra to see Joe Bryant or Mike Bantom or Ron Haigler. But a friend and I would go there for another reason - to watch Temple's Joe Rymal.

Joe wasn't the Owls' leading scorer or top rebounder. No he was something more important than that, he was the older brother of my friend and classmate Tom Rymal. And having a relative playing in the Palestra at that time was the Hoops Holy Grail.

Tom, who played at North Catholic, Community College and Drexel, was the best basketball player I ever appeared on a court with regularly. And I probably haven't thought of him more than a handful of times in the last 25 years . . . until I saw an email Wednesday marked "Rebound for the Rymals."

Tom suffered a stroke in late January. The family has gotten a lot of support and remained strong, but it's time to kick it up a notch.

The first event will be a 4-on-4 Basketball Marathon at Archbishop Carroll on June 1. Halfcourt, no refs. Just like Tom and I used to play at Hopkinson Playground.

Now, I am in no condition to do any kind of marathon. But I certainly want to be a part of this, so we've broken into the BoopStats vault and will sponsor a team that otherwise might not be able to afford it. Our only condition: One of the playing members has to have a connection to North Catholic.

Those interested can email me with your North rep and why we should back your team. (It's like a homework assignment, but unlike Tom 35 years ago, you won't be able to copy off my paper on the steps of the Northeast Diner before first period.)

If you're interested in paying your own way into the Marathon as a team ($200) or a player ($40), send an email to Dan Kazanicka ( kazball@msn.com) and be sure to put "Rebound for the Rymals" in the subject field.

There will also be a Beef & Beer June 22 at St. Margaret School in Narberth. To find out more about that event and what else the family may have in store, you can send an email to

reboundingfor

therymals@gmail.com .

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