Thursday, May 27, 2010
I'm still on a high after learning that my niece's high school soccer team won the Colorado state final last night. This comes on the heels of her younger sister placing second in the state double finals two weeks earlier. Someone asked me where these remarkable athletes came from.
You have to know I'm not a sports fan. I spent much time in the basketball gym and Little League field watching my son play and enjoyed that. I like going to the occasional live baseball game but I don't follow any teams or watch sports on TV. This puts me in a distinct disadvantage in my family where even my Grandmother would pass time in the nursing home watching golf.
In fact, I'm not even a fan of organized sports for kids. I think parents have done much harm in getting in between their kids and the games they like to play. I think that injuries among our high school athletes is a sure sign that we are asking too much from these not nearly developed bodies. I worry that an overemphasis on competition and winning is creating a bunch of selfish jerks.
At least that's what I believed until I met the members of the Fairview High School Soccer Team. These girls are lovely. Their grades are stellar. Their commitment to each other is unsurpassable. By asking so much of themselves, and by relying on each other when times got tough, these girls achieved their four-year goal - to win a state championship, the first one in their school's history.
They sacrificed time, energy, other pursuits to play soccer. Yet many of them maintained high averages while taking upper level classes and all the seniors are college bound. They made true and lasting friendships.
I'm beginning to see the value in sports. Go, team.