In his first attempt at organized sports, Elijah pestered his mom successfully to join a full contact football league. One caveat; no head or significant injury or he’s done. ‘Deal, Mom.’
True to form with inexperienced athletes, telltale signs emerged in early practices and the first couple game; eyes closed at point of contact, stopping their feet moving once hit, going half-speed when unsure and not enough intensity. This all improves with experience and it didn’t take them more than a few weeks and they all stepped their game-up, bigtime.
They earned their way to the regular season championship game but suffered a heartbreaking loss. The real tears they shed revealed their true commitment. Alas, they had a chance to redeem themselves…
“Elijah, you’ve made the Select Team with a possible Superbowl Championship opportunity…”
Elijah’s performance during the season earned him a “Select Team’ roster spot. Each game is win or go home and they’ve made it to the Superbowl Championship game. They were matched up against a team whose roster contained several of the boys who beat them in the final regular season game. Holding a narrow lead late, Elijah made the play of the game with a tackle for a loss on the final drive sealing any chance the opposition had of scoring. To quote a popular tv show, “Wide World of Sports”… “the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.” The pure joy on their faces mirrored the effort they made all season long. A storybook way to begin your competitve sports career.