“When you’re shooting a basketball, sometimes it just doesn’t make it at all, but other times you have a good day,” she said.
“I think the kids can learn, that regardless of the outcome, is that you continue to do the best that you can,” di Cicco said.
Beyond basketball, the two dogs have also mastered playing hockey, football and soccer. Ten students and the principal each tested the dog’s soccer goalie skills, but couldn’t get the ball past Brutus. It was a challenge sophomore Paris Vernatter said he never expected.
“I didn’t think he’d be able to achieve it,” Vernatter said of the dog. “It was pretty cool seeing a dog like that.”
English teacher Sally Haemmerle, who asked di Cicco to bring his dogs to the school after meeting him at the Columbus Zoo this past weekend, said she plans to teach his new book, “Go Buddy! The Air Bud Story,” in her class.
“The story is a story of perseverance. It’s a story of determination,” Haemmerle said.