Saturday was the boy's final basketball games of the season. (Just in time for baseball to start next week...) It was a bittersweet day - we are a basketball family, and love this league.
It didn't hurt that after two very hard fought games (semi-final and final), his team came away with the championship.
It's a great win, as the league had asked us to move him up a division earlier than his age would dictate. So this season, he was the only kid in the top division that wasn't in high school! I was worried that he wouldn't really make an impact, but that worry was for naught - he was a big part of the team, and I have the utmost respect for the players that welcomed him, and helped hone his game. They made him a better player, and a better person. If all teens were like this group of players, I'm happy with where the world is going.
But leaving the younger division was hard - he has a lot of friends there, as did we, and he enjoyed mentoring the younger players, and helping them with their game.
So it was great to see this - not only did his team win, the coaches of the lower division brought him back for this - The Gibber Award:
It's only given to one player in the whole league.
Can't read it? Let me quote: (not that I'm bursting with pride or anything... (and yes, I erased his name in the photo))
"for his valuable contribution to the team by consistently displaying leadership, dedication and sportsmanship all with a positive attitude"
Yup - proud Mom here!
He also participated int he slam dunk contest:
He still needs to grow a bit for this - but I did get some pictures of the winner, who shyly came up to me after to ask if I got any good pictures - turns out I got some great ones of him, and he asked if I could email them to him! How tough do we think that was for a 16 year old to ask some woman to email him pictures?