In my post last night, I said that one of our players had been hurt, but at the time, I didn't know what the injury was. This morning, I learned that he has a broken ankle, and that he will likely miss the rest of the season. Since the high school regular season is only 10 weeks, and we've played four games, it would highly unlikely that he would be able to return. I hate this for Bryant, but at the same time, I am SO very thankful that it is only a broken ankle. At one of our neighboring high schools, a player was seriously injured a week or so. He is home now, and from what I've heard, I think he will be okay, but when a player ends up with bleeding on his brain, it is scary!
This morning, one of my students posted the picture above from the game last night. You can see Bryant and I'm sure his father (who is our head coach, by the way) near the goal line, but what touches me so much is what you see in the foreground--our players, cheerleaders, dance team, trainers, and coaches praying for their team mate/classmate/student. As I said last night, we haven't had the best record for the past couple of years, and honestly, it even goes back farther than that. Had a player been injured three or four years ago, I don't know if this image would have been captured because I don't know if this coming together would have happened. That isn't to say that I don't think there would have been no concern, but it just seems to me that the WILDCAT PRIDE is back this year. When you have that pride, it makes a difference.
I have the privilege of being a part of many of these kids' lives, and I am so very thankful for that. They touch my life in a way that I can't explain, and I hope that I have a tiny impact on their lives.
Get well soon, Bryant! We want to see you leading our Wildcats for the next two seasons!
Everyone have a GREAT day today!