This is what it’s all about to me.
Youth sports can be so out of control now a days that sometimes we can forget what’s really going on here. Parents are yelling from the sidelines so focused on that win. It can get intense and then a moment like this happens to put it all in perspective.
A tournament championship tie where penalty kicks will determine the winner. Stressful? Absolutely. To look out on that field and see our team of girls holding on to each other in support and anticipation is priceless. There is no I in team. We are in this together.
Our dear goalie, who hasn’t been able to play in net this tournament due to a wrist injury, accepted the challenge of taking off her brace and getting in that goal for her team. They all wanted her there and she was brave enough to do it without a guarantee of a positive outcome.
Wins are fun. Wins can be really exciting. Who doesn’t like to win? But, sometimes it’s moments like these that give our kids opportunities that build real character and bond teammates together, even if they don’t walk away with the medal…..like today.
Isn’t this why we really have our kids in sports? To grow, build confidence, make strong and lasting friendships and to navigate the feelings of loss and victory.
I feel so blessed that our Stanley, affectionately named by her coach a few years back, is a part of such a “great” team. We win some, we lose some. Some days we look amazing and other days we’re stale. But, no matter the outcome I always feel fortunate to walk up and down that sunny sideline every weekend joking and laughing with everyone in their chairs. We spend a lot of time together! It’s a long season. I’m feeling it about right now with 7 months and many tournaments and games behind us.
Thank you girls for the reminder of what we are all really here for. You should be proud. I know I am.