Coach Frank Monahan talks to Bishop Brady basketball players during a December, 1995, practice. Denise Sanchez/Monitor file photo
Frank Monahan always kept the gym doors open and the lights on, long after the sun had gone down.
“Players play,” the late Bishop Brady High School boys’ basketball coach, who died from a heart attack in 2000, used to say. And to Monahan, those who wanted to play always deserved the opportunity to do so.
It is with this theory in mind, the let’s-play-basketball-366-days-per-year passion, that two of his former players – Marshall Crane and Billy Collins – have joined forces with a few other notable area athletes to create the Frank Monahan Foundation, a charity that seeks to inject money into local school districts while adding a face-lift to the basketball court at White Park.
After all, players play.