Guest post by Melissa Andersen, CousinsTV
For those of us who played sports growing up, we know how important those days on the field were in forming the people we are today. How many of our most cherished memories begin and end with locker room mishaps, hometown rivalries, and teammates that would end up becoming lifelong friends? Every scar has a story and every story has its exaggerated victories and defeats, and it’s these moments that come to mind first when we think back on the good old days.
But any childhood athlete knows that the most important factor on any team is the coach. The coach makes all the difference and the truly good ones – their impact lasts well beyond the scoreboard. They’re the ones who not only teach the physical skills to play the game, but the mental and emotional skills to succeed in life.
The homeowner in this Sunday’s episode of Cousins Undercover, Coach Bob Keenan, is one of those coaches. In fact, calling him a coach hardly does justice to the role he plays in his community. Vice principal, neighbor, husband, mentor, volunteer, and father (even father figure)… he’s all those things and more to the lucky kids who can count themselves part of his ever-growing roster of second family. Bob is a true giver – of his time, his love, and of himself.
“Bob Keenan is the coach that pushes you in life to exceed beyond what you think is possible. He is a motivator and mentor that shows you through his own actions that the only to way to succeed in life is through hard work… and that family always comes first. If there was ever a person that you should emulate, it’s Bob Keenan.” – John Colaneri
Though this project was completed months ago, it’s one that Anthony and John still talk about with overwhelming emotion. The reverence they have for Coach Keenan and what he does for his community is evident in the incredible transformation his home undergoes at the hands of the Cousins. A true wrestling gym, a massive deck, and a new living room (in just THREE DAYS) are just the physical manifestations of the changes that this home makeover has brought to the Keenan family and their entire community.
Have the tissues ready, folks. It’s about to get teary-eyed up in here. Cousins Undercover airs Sunday 8/7c on HGTV.
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