Friday, September 19, 2014
My Son and His Soccer Team Are The Best!
My son Eric coaches a middle school soccer team. Yesterday, they had a game with a team from another town. (These teams are in a youth league and play various other middle school teams in central and southern Maine.)
The coach from the opposing team introduced himself to Eric and said he wanted to alert him and his team that there was a boy with Down Syndrome on the opposing team and asked them to be cautious a bit so as not to injure him. Eric responded with, "How about if we let him score a goal?"
"Are you sure?" asked the opposing coach.
Well, they played the game, and sure enough, at one point the player in question headed toward the goal and scored! His teammates carried him off the field in celebration!
After the game ended, the opposing coach came to Eric with tears in his eyes, shook his hand and thanked him. Also, many of the opposing team members made of thanking Eric and his boys as well.
I was so impressed that Eric's team was willing to give the boy an opportunity to score! What a wonderful, caring gesture. I'm proud of my son and the team for giving a disadvantaged peer a memory that will last him a lifetime. I'm proud that Eric is instilling great character values in his players.