Friday, January 29, 2010

She's Got Game (and Heart)

I am not athletic. I didn't play sports in high school. I enjoy watching sports, such as football and baseball. I like playing golf, but I don't think I have a future in it, unless there's a club-throwing contest involved. I'm like the quote from Grease - "if you can't be an athlete, be an athletic supporter."

Maddy, however, is the opposite. She's played soccer since she was five, softball signups are next month, and this year she has added basketball to her repetoire. My garage resembles a Sports Authority.

We bought her a basketball hoop this summer, and if it's daylight and above 30 degrees, she's shooting hoops. On her first snow day off school, she was happy for no school but sad when she realized that she couldn't play ball because of the snow. Of course when I suggested that she shovel the driveway, suddenly it became too cold outside. Uh huh, too cold to shovel but not to play? Where is your dedication, young lady?!

She tried out for a select team, but didn't make it. She was disappointed, but didn't give up. It just reinforced her determination to make it next year. We signed her up for a league through the local Y, and she's loving it. She works hard on her mad skillz, and has fun while she's doing it. I'm glad she's found a sport that she enjoys.

This year her school is participating in Hoops for Heart, sponsored by the American Heart Association. Students raise money, learn about heart health, and then play a basketball game during school. She is so excited because she loves helping others, and she loves basketball. This year she is raising money in Jessica and Kelli's memory.

If you'd like to support Maddy, you can donate online here. All donations are tax deductible, and appreciated.

Look at that form! That hair!

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