A Coach’s Joy

 

After a long challenging week at work, coupled with a late Friday night at happy hour, I tried my best to wake up early on Saturday morning, in order to hold on to a promise that I had made. The one week that I showed up late for practice, is the only time we lost. During my post-game speech, I apologized to my athletes and their parents. I promised them, that it would never happen again. How could I hold my team accountable if I wasn’t discipline enough to be punctual myself?

We haven’t looked back ever since. And on we are on a five game winning streak. Next week we play our archrivals; a well coached team from Williamsburg, who has won the league championship; a few times. In my four years as head coach, I have yet to beat them, let alone the championship.

Three seasons ago, we lost to them in the finals, on the last play of the game. Even though we are the favorites this year, we cannot afford to take anyone lightly. I’m sure that my rival coach has some tricks up her sleeves.

There are a few kids on my roster who have been with me since they were 5th graders. It would be nice to send them off as seniors, with a championship trophy.

As an athlete, nothing felt better than winning. In college I remember being filled with tears of joy after making a game-winning play. Now that I am a coach, my joys as a player don’t even compare.
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Quality Education for All Children

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We came, we marched, we conquered. I am not sure if all of our kids understood the importance of yesterday’s march. However, I can say that they enjoyed the experience. I simply enjoyed their smiles and their company. I am however saddened by the fact that their futures dangle in the hands of people who have no real insight on what it takes to give our children a fighting chance. How can you say you are a proponent for quality education and you bicker over policies, rhetoric and theory that ultimately puts adults first and children last?

Nonetheless, yesterday was hopefully, a step in the right direction for the spirits and minds of our children. Maybe one of them will be inspired to lead and fight for what they all deserve; a quality education.

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