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Spirit of Boys Delights and Amazes

October 7, 2011 - Amy Leigh Wilson
This summer I spent eight days watching 12 boys turn into young men before my very eyes. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and certainly one of the most exciting. We were certainly thrilled when my son made the baseball all-star team and proud of how hard he worked to get there. Little did any of us know the work that was to come. He and his 11 teammates played in their first tournament and went undefeated to win it. We were elated. They played in the Little League district tournament, and won it, undefeated. We were amazed. This group of 11-year-old boys were headed to the other end of Ohio to play against the best teams in the state. During those eight days of travel and baseball, I saw boys who love to spit and laugh about bodily functions spend two hours every morning practicing in 100 degree heat. These boys showed courage beyond their years every night as they went on that field while being reminded, "It's all about the six." They played hard for six innings every night, never gave up, and came from behind to win every single game. An undefeated state tournament run is impressive to watch. When your son is on that field with a group of boys that you've watched since they were six, well, it's breathtaking. It was like watching them grow up in an instant. Every parent there has been blessed to raise a talented athlete. Watching their dedication to the sport they love touched my heart. I have never been so proud to be a sports mom. If the grace, humility and work ethic those boys showed that week is an indication of their future success, I expect big things out all of them. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. And to my Jarod -- you amaze and delight me. I love everything about you.


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