How awesome is it to witness sportswomanship at its finest! My 6th grade daughter took up lacrosse this year. The experience is exceeding all expectations and providing many opportunities for discussion and growth. A personal favorite ritual happens after each game that warms my heart. The teams huddle post game and the girls pick two members from the opposite team that represent sportsmanship and effort. The teams then face each other in a line and two girls from each side are awarded game balls. I love that the girls – not the adults are in charge of determining who is recognized. I love that sportsmanship and effort are rewarded not just the team member with the most goals.
What a bright future our girls might have if they continue to focus on more than just winning. The importance of elevating each other in the context of competition is something everyone can work on. As a parent, it is essential to remember actions speak louder than words. Looking in the mirror and asking what am I doing to elevate people in my circle?
Goals for May – elevate others!
1. Set up and schedule charity ride for cycle the WAVE (women against domestic violence)
2. Mentor two women who are interested in becoming cycling instructors. Help with music, class design, and contacts.
3. Practice lacrosse with my 11 year old daughter and soccer with my 8 year old. Discuss how making mistakes is part of learning.
4. Look for daily ways to be silly, laugh, play, joke, and spread more joy.