On a cool Sunday evening over on Turf 2 in back of Reading High, coach Charlie Hardy jumped in on a set with his offense, whizzing a pass through defenders right on target to a cutting attack, then backing up to reset into position.
After giving a quick explanation to a few onlooking players, he jogged back to the sidelines to watch.
“I can’t help myself,” said the 12-year coach, who started the program at Reading High.
“When I’m out here, I’m 12 again. It’s the best three hours of my day.”
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