David and I started football practice a few weeks ago. I coach and David plays blocking back on the team. Its a lot of hard work and a big time commitment for David and his teammates. They have school then practice and games 4 days per week. We do it because we love the sport and get to spend time together.
I believe sports can teach us a lot. Dedication, determination, teamwork, are all things I hope David can at least start to learn from playing sports.
I came across a video today about a young man named Marc Panu. A football player and student from Vanderbilt University. He is setting a great example for David and well for all of us really.
He has been a walk on for 4 years. That means he has had to find other ways to pay for his education and still play football. The speaks volumes to me about his character. He's smart too because Vandy is not an easy school to get into.
His hard work is reaping dividends now because he was just given a full scholarship this year. The video below shows him being presented with it and his teammates reaction which in itself show you what kind of teammate he is.
The scholarship is awesome and well deserved but if you listen to what the coach says before presenting it to him, to me that is what is all about. If you do that, you will go a long way in life.... When I pick David up from school, we are going to watch this together.
Marc, if you happen to read this. Know that about 20 kids in Orlando are going to hear about it today at practice. Thanks for making my pep talk easier today!
This is a new video of David's younger brother, William. He was out of his seatbelt while I pumped gas and then told me he had to go to the bathroom. He then noticed a police officer and well, check out the video!
This is a highlight video of David's 2011 Football season I was privileged to coach. David is #32 and we had a lot of fun this year. Video was produced by our friends at www.grungeproductions.com Great job guys!
I realized it has been too long since I have posted on the blog. Life is busy raising two boys with all the homework and extra activities plus my own work.
David is doing well. Getting adjusted to 5th grade and the added responsibilities. He got all A's on his first report card and seems to really get school now. I have to admit, I think he got the book smarts from mom because I don't recall doing so well in school.
He is becoming quite the football player. I recently posted some highlights from his game in the mud, our favorite game so far. Here it is:
Will try to update more often after football ends. Have some new video of his brother William who is pretty funny without the meds!
My sister Kristi was quite the character. Having cancer and dealing with the awareness that her time was short had no effect on this part of her personality. In fact, it brought it out even more. We were blessed to have time to talk to her about how she wanted to be remembered at her memorial. Yes, it was very hard to do that but we wanted her to be part of the decsions on how she wanted to be remembered. One of her requests was to have a bounce house for the kids. I know, crazy isnt it! My brother in law and I looked at each other and whispered that there was no way that was going to happen. Well, Kristi got the last laugh. As it turns out, we were offered the use of a nice home for a family dinner after the service. Ryan's brothers got together and rented a huge bounce house that fit perfectly in the front of the house. The kids had a blast. It was a happy ending to a somber day. As proof of that fun, here is a photo of my son William coming down the slide. Isnt it priceless?