Kamryn holding the big trophy
as the Elite won the championship yesterday in Carroll County VA!
Kamryn and Coach Wilson
oh what a day for me to be hollering in FL while the fam lost their voices in the bleachers up there!
My phone was blowing up with those texts as I was updated on the games!
The last text of the evening as I watched my beloved Redskins lose and RGIII re-injure that knee on the field, was
Oh what excitement, *on the hardwoods*, not so much on Fed Ex field though!
Many happy Elite players I have to tell ya!
The mantra of NRV ELITE under the leadership of Coach Julia Skinner got me from the beginning, it seems to apply to the many life lessons that we all could use as we now go into the middle of month of January 2013.
This is a woman who beat breast cancer, a woman who loves loves basketball and now throws her energy, skills, and love of the game into life lessons for youth at NRV ELITE.
“STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE”
We could all use that mantra when our feet hit the floor each day, through the day when in the car, at work, or dancing into our days.
This day is a great day to start!
S T R I V E for Excellence!
Instead of “Rise and Shine” she tells those kids to “Rise and Grind” in her talks, her practices, her lectures as she teaches each one.
To ball hard, study hard, to strive and reach hard.
Don’t settle, don’t whine, don’t just sit there or walk down the hardwood thinking all is lost.
GO GO GO!
Oh I can remember Kam and hearing his tears of disappointment having lost a game in the last seconds by just one point. His sadness and frustration saying, “well yes I am upset, we’ll never get a championship this way”!
My having to remind him, that someone has to lose, that someone has to win, that there is no crying in basketball!
Having to dig deep to remind him we are always being watched out there, not only when we win, but when we lose… our attitudes, when faced with adversity, with loss, with wins. Folks are watching how we handle it all, and it all matters as we “strive for excellence”.
And when I saw some of the pictures of the team yesterday; boys of 6th grade doing what they do… being silly, making faces and such as that, I noticed he got it.
No goofy faces, no silliness for the camera… just PRIDE of his team, his joy seen.
He got it, much more than being able to hold that trophy, but the lesson.
We all have so many lessons to learn, we are life learners.
As we continually “strive for excellence” in this new day of a new week.
May we all be winners while knowing that someone has to lose, someone has to win, and somedays it may just feel like a tie or even rained out!
Congrats to NRV ELITE as they “rise and grind” today and everyday along with all of us wherever you are and whatever in the world you are doing!
Do it the best you can and then take a moment and pat yourself on the back!
Thank you to all those who are serving our Nation, please treat you well.
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
Walk in beauty,
- Sunday’s Blessings around the fire (drses.wordpress.com)
- STretch in TO Saturday (drses.wordpress.com)
- Last Dance For Ray Lewis In Baltimore (ridethepine.com)
- Sunday found me early: (drses.wordpress.com)
- Focus ON… Making a difference living the parable (drses.wordpress.com)
- Goodness Gracious Great Gratitude (drses.wordpress.com)