It is with great sadness and our deepest sorrow that we inform our SASC membership of the passing of Barry Mar, our beloved friend, coach and mentor. Barry passed peacefully on March 10, 2021 after a brief illness.
In 1993, the Seattle Asian Sports Club was created. That year, Barry, as its founding President, wrote:
“SASC intends to continue to promote an environment in which new friendships can be forged and old friendships renewed”
During the twenty-seven years since then, SASC’s success comes from the very foundation of Barry’s vision.
We thank him for teaching us to reach out to each other in the spirit of bringing out our best selves. Barry’s legacy will be the indelible impact he had on the hundreds of players, coaches and parents that went well beyond basketball.
“Ultimately the game is not about winning. Whether in life or in basketball, it is not about winning. It is about doing and giving your best AND making your best better.” Barry Mar 1988
Barry, you were the standard bearer of our organization and we miss you.
Update – 3/26/2021
On Saturday, March 27 from 12-4 pm, the Columbia Funeral Home, 4567 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA will offer a time to drop by and pay respects to Barry.
Hope everyone is doing well and the kids enjoyed their Halloween zoom parties. Without trick-or-treating, now I don’t have to feel guilty about throwing out the unwanted tootsie rolls. That’s the good news.
The bad news is that local COVID numbers are on the rise again. As such, our basketball season is on hold. We will continue to keep registration open so we can gauge interest and be able to quickly re-start when we get the green light from Seattle Parks and Recreation (https://www.sascsports.org/registration). Last we knew, we needed to be in Phase 3 or 4 for SPAR to consider holding a season.
It is crazy to think that under pre-covid circumstances we would have already kicked off our season. We miss everyone. While in this holding pattern, we want to encourage our players to remain active and engaged in basketball.
While SASC in-person basketball is on hold, there are other organizations around the community that are having practices. Other basketball programs with current open registrations include the following. This is not an exhaustive list.
Boys & Girls Club https://positiveplace.org/athletics/recreational/
I9 sports https://www.i9sports.com/find-a-program/98144
Whether it’s practicing at home or with another group, do what you feel is right for your family. Just keep on ballin’.