Wednesday night I went our girls’ basketball game. They are all new players. They are mostly fourth and fifth graders.
The opposing team appeared to be mostly sixth graders. Tall sixth graders. Who appear to have been playing together much longer than our girls. They took a quick and commanding lead over our girls. And kept that lead to the end of the game.
Our girls are scrappy, though. They kept trying. They made a few baskets. Some of the girls showed their potential as athletes- they were fast, they moved the ball, and they tried for baskets. All of them played their hearts out. We are proud of them.
Our band made their first appearance as a pep band. They did add pep to the atmosphere. (And trust me, I know…the music room is right across the hall from my classroom, and I have been listening to them since day one. They were very un-peppy back then!) We are proud of them.
Our cheer/dance squad was there, too. Their repertoire of cheers is a little slim, but they are enthusiastic. They didn’t mask their disappointment very well when a technical difficulty postponed their dance performance from halftime to after the game. But they pulled themselves together for the performance. Such concentration! They worked hard to remember and perform their routine. One girl is a true dancer, and her free-spirited, natural dancing was a joy to behold. We are proud of them all.
The crowd of parents, siblings and teachers was relatively small, but truly appreciative of the kids and enthusiastic with both shouted advice and praise. And lots of clapping and cheering. Just the right thing for a bunch of kids playing their hearts out.