I normally post about things media or technology but I decided I wanted to share something different today.
With all that is going on in our world and our country, many people express concern about the youth of today and how they are part of this problem. As a teacher, I could not disagree more. This past weekend proved my point perfectly.
I went to my nephew’s little league regional championship game. And what a great experience it was. These boys are 10 years old and at their first “BIG” game. They are from Chatham County Georgia and their nickname is The Cheeto’s because they wear orange uniforms.
They are a rag-tag team of players, some playing baseball for the first time ever. They are all adorable, smart and polite. As I sat waiting for the game to start, I watched countless volunteer parents, coaches, announcers, field workers…the list goes on and on – all of these adults working together to make sure these kids have a great experience. And the kids were having the time of their life.
These kids don’t notice if the other players were black, white or green, only-can that guy hit? Wow what a pitcher! And playing their hearts out.
I watched my nephew, working along side his little friends, support each other when errors happen and hug each other when good plays were made. He even pitched the last strike out to win the game for the Cheeto’s . I was a nervous wreck, the parents were nervous wrecks, but Joey handled it like a pro. Even when a questionable play was called that loaded the bases with 2 outs, he was able to keep his head together and throw three strikes. I am so proud of him, not only for being a great ball player but for handling the pressure and caring about his team.
One of the great things was watching what baseball was teaching them. How they would cheer for each other and back each other up. So many life lessons can be learned in the game of baseball.
I noticed the coaches, my brother as one of them, making sure the kids played hard and fair and also making sure they had a good time and didn’t worry too much about winning. Don’t get me wrong, they wanted to win but these coaches knew how to balance that winning attitude with fun.
All of the players say the Little League Pledge at the beginning of each game:
I trust in God
I love my country
And will respect its laws
I will play fair
And strive to win
But win or lose
I will always do my best
Then I looked around at the parents. These people were amazing. Supporting both teams, cheering on their kids, spending their hard earned money to pay for uniforms, hotel rooms, and driving the 5 hours for this game.
What it taught me was that it’s the parents, teachers and coaches of this world that are making sure that our next generation are good solid human beings. If a kid has parents who support them, teachers who care and coaches that care as much about the life lessons as they do about winning, our kids will turn out just fine.
If these boys are any indication of our future, it is definitely looking bright. If YOU are worried about our future, stop by a little league game, or better yet, volunteer to help, you will be glad you did.
Just wanted to share. Thanks for reading.