What a wonderful evening last night at the softball banquet. From one parent to another, well done junior parents, I know it was a ton of work and in the end it was executed with the same precision the Varsity team executed throughout their season!
It was a bit of an emotional night, as most of these events are, but there was something special in the air; no doubt brought about by 8 seniors who clinched JC’s first ever state softball title. But it wasn’t all about them or the title, and they’d be the first to tell you that. All you had to do was look around a room full of folks: teammates, managers, coaches, childhood coaches, parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, administration staff and the list goes on. It was a team effort and and extended team at that.
As I sat in the back of the room, listening to the coaches, speakers and most importantly, the players; I couldn’t help but wish I had a group of up and coming 12 year old athletes listening to this.
Teams are family, close family, important family, involved family, the type of family you rely on, the kind of family you need to achieve a large goal. Sometimes it just happens, but many coaches and teams often work at developing it. It’s about far more than friendship and for those teams who achieve it, the rewards are priceless.
Reliance, work ethic, focus, and the list goes on. To achieve big things is to dream big, work hard, stay the course, and rely on one another. Do those things, do them everyday with purpose and the reward can be yours.
Congratulations everyone, it’s been a truly spectacular ride for all of you.