SOCCER SEASONS IN FULL SWING
MIC CONFERENCE COMPETITION. Of our four kids involved in soccer this fall, I've thus far only taken photos of Molly. I just happened to remember to pull my camera out of the Beetle for Saturday's games versus Terra Haute North and Terra Haute South. Ben Davis girls won both games rather handily. "It was boring," Molly moaned after the game. Most other Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) games aren't easy, however, with the likes of Carmel, Center Grove, North Central, Lawrence North and Warren Central on the schedule. The Lady Giants have dropped close games to Center Grove and Lawrence North. They have opportunities for winning some tough conference games coming up in the next two weeks and in the Marion County Tournament.
MOLLY AT MIDFIELD. Molly's doing a great job as an outside midfielder for the Lady Giants. To her usual strength as a combative defender, she's showing strong ability to move the ball up field and set up scoring opportunities. This is her third year to start for Ben Davis High School. The soul of the team is made up of group of well-trained juniors and they are coming into their own. If the defensive positions can be strengthened throughout the season, they might make a good run in the IHSAA State Tourney or look to be strong contender next year.
ON THE GO, HERE AND THERE. I'll hope to get some pictures of Sam and Abby this week and then one of Jared coaching at Grace Baptist in Kankakee, Illinois in a few weeks. The local high school games have us on the run four nights a week--Molly on Mondays and Wednesdays, Sam on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Friday afternoon, I drove the Bug to Fort Wayne to watch Olivet Nazarene University play Indiana Institute of Technology; Abby did not play because of injury, but has been cleared to play for the Lady Tigers at Grace College and Spring Arbor University this week.
PARENTS IN THE STANDS. There is no sporting event so great or important as the one your own child happens to be engaged in. Hang ESPN and whatever professional sports happen to be "must see." When Abby, Jared, Molly or Sam are in the line-up, that's where I'll try to be. Becky and I, one or the other, or both, try to attend every sporting event--and choir concert and academic event, etc.--possible. It is a privilege to support each of our children in this as well as in other ways. I don't exactly know what it's like to be on the field with your parent in the stands rooting for you, but it just seems like the right thing to do.
MAKE A WAY. We're grateful to have flexible enough schedules and the capacities to support our children in their in-school and after-school pursuits. I know that this is not possible or optional for many parents. I challenge every employer to make it possible for your employees to support their children in their in-school and after-school academic and athletic pursuits. I can make a case for a better bottom line not only for your organization, but for the community and world. The cost of missed opportunities for encouraging and supporting is too high.