Coffee, Books, Reflection
The importance of high school sports
Last night, Turkey Valley (a local high school) played in the high school 1A state girls basketball championship game. They were the runners up last year, too. The loss was heartbreaking -- a close game the entire time to the same team they lost to last year.
What struck me most, however, wasn't on the court. During a time out with 9.3 seconds left, Turkey Valley was down by 8 points. The Springville (defending champs) coach gave his girls some advice for playing the end of the game. Then he said, "During the celebration, respect them. Turkey Valley is a good team and they make us play better. Celebrate, but be kind." I felt tears moisten my eyes when he said that. Turkey's girls, knowing their loss was eminent, were already in tears. They showed the defeat on their faces. Springville was about to have a big moment -- back-to-back state championships with 4/5 starters returning. Yet, their coach was making it very clear that those kids needed to be kind and think of the other team. That kind of compassion, sportsmanship, and respect are the most important things students can learn from team sports.
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Kari teaches English I to 9th graders (!) and other electives in rural Iowa. Her husband is also an English teacher, and their friends have sworn to never help them move again because "even libraries don't have that many books."