Maybe I shouldn’t bother you with this, but you are my extended family. Naturally, I’ve shared it with my immediate family, but when something fills you up with emotions that you’ve probably never experienced before, you can’t stop talking about it.
On Saturday evening, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland had its Annual Athletics Banquet. This was my first banquet at the college, so I really had no idea of what to expect. To be honest, I was really nervous. After all of the awards were given, and after all of the speeches were made, I thought the evening was over. Actually, the evening was just about to begin. I was summoned to the rear of the cafeteria by both players and parents. I was handed an outstanding plaque, and a bowl and dish set that resembled a basketball and basketball court. Now, for my players who read my blog, those gifts took a major step backward when my team handed me my final gift. That gift continues to fill me with emotion even as I write this.
My Notre Dame basketball family handed me a card that was touching all by itself. But, as I read the card, I discovered that they made a very generous contribution to the Baltimore Chesapeake Chapter of the Autism Society of America on behalf of my son, Robbie.
How do you EVER thank someone for touching your family? This goes above and beyond the x’s and o’s of coaching. This goes beyond gift giving that you hang on the wall. Those things are great, and trust me, I hang all of them on my wall. I may not be able to hang this gift on my wall, but I will hold it close to my heart. THANK YOU.