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  • Writer's picturekeya Collins

Round of Applause

It’s the hard work and dedication on the side lines. The determination and decision making in life circumstances. It’s the courage and potential used to prove your worth. But most importantly, it’s the perseverance you exude in life. It’s not everyday someone gets to experience life behind the scenes of a coach, but having a lead role In your movie, I am privileged to have a front row seat.

It’s the endless nights of watching you click the space bar, to stop film and take notes. Or the nights you roll in late and everyone is asleep for the night; so you kiss our foreheads and lay beside us for a split second, and head to the couch or office to continue working until you’re exhausted. It’s the calendar jungle where you shift and rearrange things to try to prioritize what is important. Thank you for the nights that you’re extremely tired, but you muster up just enough energy to come in and play with your kid.

What about your dedication to your players? You’re the role model that reminds young men that you can have it all: marriage, career, and success. You’re the father figure who encourages young men and remind them that they can do it, they are great, and everything will be okay. The counselor that says “your circumstances don’t define who you are as a person”.

You’re the positive representation for the school. The cheerleader to your fans: win or lose. The man who with new and innovative ideas. The man who has to keep it all together, even when things seem to be falling apart. The man who shakes hands, kisses babies and assures everyone that we’ll bounce back after a loss. The man who does endless interviews, even when he just wants to lay down and rest his eyes. The man they call coach and the one we call dad and husband. And for all of that, you deserve a round of applause!

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