While attempting to wrap things up at the office tonight, and try to get home at a somewhat "normal" hour, two tweets from local athletes caught my attention and sparked an emotion with me.
First it was a tweet from Pike Central guard Reagan Clark:
One thing I'll miss the most. Playing with people that are like family to me. @chelsiesawyers @camblackburn21 @kassidy_prater @KaraganNykole
The other was from Knox Central forward Shakira Gregory:
We aren't just a team, we're family! @JusticeNoelle @jennamills12 @megancarnes45 @elibarrett @cassishippy & all my middle schoolers ❤you!!
What do both of these tweets have in common? Well, both are from high school seniors who just played in their last high school basketball game. But they both mentioned something that is more important than the game itself; "Family".
During my athletic career I had the chance to play four sports, football, soccer, baseball and hockey. The one thing all four had in common was they all gave you a chance to build relationships with people you may not of known before, and create a family atmosphere.
That is the most important bond you can form. During your time with your teammates, you learn each others strengths and weaknesses. But more importantly, you learn to trust one another.
Most of the result of games will come and go. You may win state, you may not. Even if you do, yes, you have the memory of winning. But the memory of your friends and your teammates you experienced it with will outweigh everything else.
These are the moments you will remember forever. Just remember to cherish those days.