There’s a dreamlike feeling that engulfs Lori Smith every time she and her husband enter Petersen Events Center.
As they arrive at their seats, getting there early enough to see the
end of Pitt’s pregame warm-up, they look for their son, Zach, a junior
guard on the team. Before every game, without fail, he looks up, locks
eyes with them and waves. It’s a brief moment, lasting no longer than
two seconds, but it reinforces a reality that sometimes seems like
anything but — her son is a Division I basketball player.
“It’s not surreal once in a while; it’s every time we talk about it,”
Lori said. “It’s an unbelievable opportunity he’s been given.”
Contact: Paul Kovach