Saturday, October 31, 2009

Faith and Soccer


The other night was the preseason classic for the High School Lady Bulldogs soccer season. The whole gang went including Mamaw to watch not only our number 21 Meg have her first playing time as a high schooler, but to enjoy seeing all of the Lady Bulldogs take on the Fort White Lady Indians. It was great seeing each team display great teamwork and sportsmanship during the game but the greatest display came after a scary moment right before half time. If you have ever watched soccer then you know that traditionally during a free kick the team defending usually sets up a "wall" which consists of 4 players to try and block the opponents attempt to score on goal. Our Lady Dogs had their wall in play and when the shot was taken they attempted to increase their chance of a successful block by timing a jump in the air at which the ball hit one of our players square in a the throat. She immediately fell to the ground in obvious pain and the coaches were immediately at her side. It became apparent that every precaution was being taken when emergency services were called to assist. I am proudest of what happened next. After several minutes both teams were sent to their respective sidelines. You know in today's society when all you hear about is people wanting to take prayer out of schools, saying that you can't mention God in the classroom, and insisting that "religion" should be separate from schools. These two teams at that moment didn't care about what the fools of this world say. After just a few moments the Fort White Lady Indians came walking across the field as a team and when they got to our sideline I clearly heard one of them ask our girls "Would you like to pray with us?". Without hesitation our girls as a team joined hands together and immediately began praying for their teammate laying on the ground being attended to by paramedics. To me, that is the greatest example of sportsmanship and teamwork that you could ever see.


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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I MUST SAY, A MOST IMPRESSIVE AND HEART WARMING MOMENT WHEN THOSE GIRLS CAME TOGETHER AND PRAYED FOR THEIR FELLOW PLAYER. THEY PRINT PLENTY ABOUT BAD TEENAGERS BUT YOU SURE DON'T SEE MUCH ABOUT THE MANY, MANY OUTSTANDING TEENAGERS IN OUT COMMUNITY.

Anonymous said...

This is so heart-warming to know that those girls were not afraid to show their faith and to openly pray for their fellow teammate. Too bad more adults are too afraid to do the same!! Very proud of these girls!