Learning from the Sidelines
Since I was little, this is my favorite place to come to...
Everyone has a special place they like to go to, it is human nature to be drawn to somewhere. For me a place of significance should trigger a visceral emotional reaction. For all my life I have been involved with high school sports, growing up in a dorm and around students it has always been something special to see a student you consider a brother or sister go out and play a sport that you also love. I can still feel the adrenaline rushing through me as Amadu got the ball in a playoff game, watching Jack handle a puck on the blue line or Max score a clutch goal. I can also feel the tear wrenching heart break of losing against South Kent or Cushing. Still, no matter result I was faithful to the team and to my friends. Every chance I got I would be on the sidelines or on the boards cheering on my brothers. Through rain, snow or shine I was always there, loyal. On the sidelines of LA sports I have learned important life lessons. I have learned what it means to be a team, what it means to care more for your teammate than for yourself and learned what it means to be family outside of your family. Next year I will try my best to step onto the other side of the sideline and become that positive presence for another kid. I want to be someone like Amadu, Jack or Max; someone who embodies what it means to be a team, someone who cares more for my teammates them myself and someone who’s part of a family.