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The Team That Believed – An Essay of Love From a Lacrosse Parent

Over the weekend, I stepped onto hot metal bleachers only miles from my home, took a deep breath, and settled in for the longest, yet fastest game of my more than seven-year run as a proud lacrosse parent. My emotions soared on an indescribable roller coaster ride that culminated in an incredible victory during the Virginia 6A Boys Lacrosse State Championship game. A game that will forever be ingrained into the minds and hearts of my son, his W.T. Woodson High School teammates, the amazing coaches, and all the parents. With tears in our eyes, we watched our sons run and dive into each other's arms - embracing and celebrating this accomplishment. An unlikely victory by some of the most kind-hearted and hard-working young men I have ever known. One of the parents of this team wrote a heartfelt essay about not only our team, but about the love that binds all "true" teams. He wrote this as an email to the parents, but I believe that his words need to be shared and read by anyone who has ever known what it means to be a sports parent. So with his permission, I am sharing his tribute to the team that believed. The team that couldn't lose - the 2017 W.T. Woodson Cavaliers. The Best Things in Life Don’t Come Easy W.T. Woodson Wins Virginia State Boys Lacrosse Championship By Ernie Bower It’s not wise to write when your heart is so full it is broken. But today I am compelled to do so to honor the incredible team that is the 2017 W.T. Woodson Cavaliers. I promise to do my best. The best things in life don’t come easy. In fact, they require the hardest effort. They demand sacrifice, selflessness, hard work. The best things in life, the ones only a few elite souls get to share require your sweat, your blood, your heart and soul. The may find you injured, scarred, hurt; see your friends down, broken. They ask you to give up things other people enjoy. But when the moment comes, when the last ball rips the net, when the final seconds are ticking from the clock and … [Read More...]

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