Friday, October 26, 2007

Their Most Serious Actions

"For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions." Montaigne

Our high school soccer team won a sweet victory today. On a crisp autumn afternoon, under sunny skies, they took their first match on the road to a possible sectional title.

Since the game was played at home, teachers were allowed to bring their classes outside to watch the action. First graders cheered for the players and for the "manager", who is one of their classmates. Middle school students threw grass at each other and lazed in the warm sun. High school seniors sat in the bleachers for one last time. Members of the community came to shout encouragement and reminisce about their own days of glory.

The players exemplified all that we could wish for in sports, school, and life: focus, enthusiasm, cooperation, the will to succeed.

All in all, a most wonderful end to the week.

“I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.”
- Mia Hamm

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