We are just so proud of Zach. He has stuck with basketball...after an insecure beginning.
After every game, players, coaches and family members gather in the locker room for a post game talk and presentation of game stars. Coach forgot to hand them out after the first game, so he gave them out at the next game. We were pretty proud that Zachary was awarded the "Christlike" star specifically for how well he handled fouling out and his coach's error in not explaining fouls. For the second game, he again won "Christlike".
By the third game he was beginning to figure out where he was supposed to be and what he was supposed to do, but he faced a real challenge in guarding / being guarded by a boy who kept hugging him during play and never knew which direction he was supposed to be going. For his patience and perseverance, Zach was awarded the "Effort" star, and was very pleased with himself. He sure felt like Coach thought he was awesome!
Today was an entirely different ballgame. Zach was totally alive and knew exactly where to be and what to do. It was amazing!! He had at least six rebounds today and took about five shots. He still hasn't made a bucket, but he's come a long way. We are so proud of him for sticking with it, practicing at home, and even watching NCAA basketball for pointers. He's a boy who loves a strategy and is easily teachable! He was awarded the "Sportsmanship" star today. His coach commented on how he's always having a good time and playing aggressively, yet he's never angry or frustrated.
Zachary, we are so proud of you. Many parents have commented to Dad and me about how much you have improved in such a short time. We are amazed. It is truly a testament to your commitment to the team and willingness to work hard. You are a ROCK STAR!
"And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." Hebrews 12:1