The first day I took Gavin to STOYAC basketball practice, I figured for sure the team was doomed. Of the ten 9- & 10-year-old kids on the team, I know three of them (including my own), and those three have behavioral/social/emotional special needs. Oh, and the coaches were just teens themselves. Yep, for sure, the adults in the room on Draft Day let those high school kids put together a team that had a few strikes against it to start. (Yes, they knew about the special needs of these kids up front.)
Well, the teens worked with the kids, and the kids had a great time. Some of them had played basketball before, but Gavin (at least) had never even thought of "shooting hoops" before I signed him up for this. The coaches just had fun, and were so mellow!! (I said once that if they were any more mellow, they'd be liquid! LOL) The kids practiced hard, and the coaches somehow managed to teach these kids what it was to be a team. So, the kids went out an won their first game! And their next.
And they won some more. At the end of the "regular" season, they were tied for first place in the Pee Wee Divison, with a record of 12 wins and only 1 loss! So, they headed to the playoffs, nervous and excited. Especially during the semi-finals, where they had to play the only team that had beaten them during the regular season. And they won again!
Then, on Championship Day, they faced the team with the same record as they had. It was a nail-biter, for sure. In fact, the action was so fast that we couldn't get a good picture.
The final score was 37 to 30 (but that doesn't tell you how close it was the whole game!). They were the Champions!!! Yep, that's Divine Retribution.