I read with interest sportswriter Jeff Tully's article on longtime Burbank youth Coach Mike Graceffo in the July 20 Burbank Leader. A longtime Burbank City Park, Recreation, and Community Services coordinator, Graceffo has been a positive influence on the youth in Burbank for more than 30 years. Graceffo just wrapped up his 13th year of running his MVP Summer Basketball Camp. With 60 youth enrolled from grades 2 through 6, the young athletes are drilled on basketball fundamentals, as well as receiving a strong message on the importance of academic excellence.
Filled with a keen knowledge of all sports, and possessing nonstop enthusiasm, Graceffo is a coach who works extremely hard year round. I have watched several of his teams through the years, and you learn immediately that his athletes all possess the necessary fundamental skills to succeed. Subscribing to the old-school method that repetition makes perfect, his student athletes run the basic drills over and over. If you Facebook Mike, you'll find former and current members of his teams checking in with him. The conversations are quite good. With that enthusiasm and his ability to communicate with the younger student athletes, Graceffo has become the best youth coach in our city. As soon as he finished up his MVP Basketball Camp, he started to coach a team in the city's flag football program.