It’s March and for many of us, this is known as “tournament time.” Tournament time in Minnesota refers to high school basketball sub-section, section and state basketball tournaments. Aside from the March snowstorms that are usually associated with tournament time, I still love this time of year and the excitement that it brings! The smell of popcorn, the sound of high school bands playing and the loud cheering of fans always brings me to goose-bumps!!
Ok folks, just the thought of “tournament time” gets me all fired-up! Please forgive me, but I am going to head down my own little personal “memory lane” for a minute just to give you a little background as to why this is such a special time of year for me. You see, just a few years ago….Ok, 33 years to be exact, I had the opportunity to play on a state basketball championship team. Pelican Rapids High School, 1984, Class A State Champions! No three-point shot, shorts that were way too short and too tight, fan-tail backboards and hair that was way too long…..that was 1984. While some of these things have changed, there are some things that have not. I remember this time in my life as if it were yesterday! My teammates were not only teammates, but incredible friends as well. Guys like “Rogs”, “Petey”, “PW”, “Johnner”, “T”, “Spud” and “Huge”…we have shared a bond and friendship that has and will last a lifetime…all because of the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Together as a group, we learned things that high school athletic and extra-curricular activities can teach like no other. They teach us how to belong to and work as a team; how to work hard and sacrifice for a greater goal; something beyond ourselves. They teach us how to succeed, in some instances how to fail and most importantly, how to appropriately handle both. Extra-curricular activities truly are a critical and valuable component of our student’s educational career.
I am so very proud of not only our students who participate in the many activities that are offered here at Sauk Centre High School, but also of the coaches and advisors who lead these programs! The confidence that our coaches and advisors foster in our students is so very rewarding to watch. You have heard me say this before, but is certainly worth repeating, our young people are amazing! The things our students do in front of hundreds of people whether it’s on a stage, on a court, on a mat, in a pool, on a stage or in an auditorium is emotional for me to watch and gives me goose-bumps every single time! As students, they do things that we as adults I believe, would have a tremendous amount of anxiety with if we were to give it a try.
As an educator, a tremendous honor and highlight is having the opportunity to present a championship trophy to a high school team. This past Friday night, I had the honor of presenting this year’s Section 5AA Championship trophy to this year’s girl’s basketball team. Thank you Streeter Girls for allowing me this opportunity! It was a great experience for me because I know first-hand how special it is and will be for all of you!! Believe me, belonging to a championship team is something you will never forget…all because of the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities!
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to walk down memory lane for a minute and to stress the importance of all our extra-curricular activities! Enjoy the month of March and all that this “tournament time” of year has to offer! Good Luck Streeters!!!
"Daddy, how much do you make an hour?” With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work. Greatly surprised, but giving his boy a glaring look, the father said: "Look, son, not even your mother knows that. Don't bother me now, I'm tired."
"But Daddy, just tell me please! How much do you make an hour?" the boy insisted. The father, finally giving up, replied: "Twenty dollars per hour."
"Okay, Daddy. Could you loan me ten dollars?" the boy asked. Showing his restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled: "So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right? Go to sleep and don't bother me anymore!"
It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he said and was feeling guilty. Maybe, he thought, his son wanted to buy something. Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son's room.
"Are you asleep, son?" asked the father. "No, Daddy. Why?" replied the boy, partially asleep. "Here's the money you asked for earlier," the father said. "Thanks, Daddy!" rejoiced the son, while putting his hand under his pillow and removing some money.
"Now I have enough! Now I have twenty dollars!" the boy said to his father, who was gazing at his son, confused at what his son had just said. "Daddy, could you sell me one hour of your time?"
My hope and goal is that you have an exciting and rewarding 2017 and that we can all invest some time with our children and families. After all, isn’t that really what it’s all about?
All my best to you and your family in 2017 and as always, thank you for all you do for all our Sauk Centre students!