Nice people make the job worthwhile


Howard At Play

January 28, 2001

Name: Tim Fenlon

Job description: Second year as president/commissioner, Western Howard County Youth Basketball Association, which has about 2,100 players (40 percent girls); includes 11 travel teams and an 18-team league for high school-age players who didn't make school teams. Active in organization for 11 years; coached at recreation level until last year; still an assistant coach of travel team. Group uses 18 schools. Annual budget about $157,000.

Age: 49

Residence: Dayton, for 17 years.

Personal information: Grew up in Silver Spring; Good Counsel High School in Wheaton, played baseball. Degree in business management from University of Maryland. Insurance agent in Silver Spring for 24 years. Son at Maryland. Daughter, 11, plays basketball at the travel and Amateur Athletic Union level and lacrosse. Credits wife, Linda, for his being able to stay active in youth sports: "I wouldn't be able to dedicate the hours that it takes without her."

Best thing about youth-organization position: "The people - there are just nice people. There's a real sense of community out here. We moved here for the friendly atmosphere. It's been a great experience."

Biggest challenge: "Personally, trying to balance my volunteer work with my business. Within the organization, it's close - between getting adequate facilities and keeping the travel program balanced with the recreation program."- Lowell E. Sunderland

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