I know I have posted a few times about my daughters playing soccer and our quest for the state championship here in the little state of Texas. Well that will end until next year!
We ran into a buzz-saw on Friday night. A team from SW Houston came in and destroyed us. It was not so much they destroyed us; it was the fact that a few of our players just “quit” after going down.
That bothers me more than anything…
My two girls have grown up around me and my silly motivational speeches, quotes, videos… They understand that integrity of playing hard on a team. Never giving up… Fighting harder than everyone else. I always explain that they may run into players or people that are better, stronger, faster, prettier, etc… Because you can not control that. But what you can control and should never run into someone that “wants it more” than you do. The heart of a champion. The heart to fight longer and harder than your opponent. To live harder than others… You can control that. You can make yourself keep going… You can will yourself to the next level.
So…. Watching my daughters get upset at the players that “gave up” was hard on so many levels… But made me proud on so many more.
Congratulations my two fabulous daughters… What you have accomplished this year is extraordinary:
- Maintained all A and B in school. Both girls taking all advanced level classes. AP and Dual Credit. R gaining 21 hours of college credit as a junior in high school. B gaining 3 as a freshman in high school.
- B making and dominated the varsity soccer team with her junior sister as a freshman… Accumulating 23 goals to lead the entire district… again, as a freshman!
- R playing rock solid defense and never having her side of the field give up a goal the entire season. Only giving up 2 goals all season as a team.
- R making state in UIL choir
- B becoming the editor of the school newspaper (as a freshman!)
- B being named Athlete of the week for the entire city of Houston, Texas
I could go on with this list but you get the drift. But whats so impressive is the fact they did all of this as their home life BLEW UP around them. Their parents exploded. As you can read in the blog, this past summer we went from a perfectly normal family of 4 to a divorced, divided family. The girls living in my apartment and staying a few nights a week at their mothers 30 minutes away.
That is what I call heroic. I can not be more proud of my two and the people they are growing up to be.