Monday, November 3, 2008
Evening of Day 7
Three months ago, you were the start of something new.
Mason Volleyball went from one 8th grade team to two.
I was thrilled to have you as one of my 10 players to coach.
I saw you beyond a good block, hit and approach.
When we worked together to change a move or your swing,
You made the change almost instantly. (Rapid Responder)
Two months ago, you became a part of another something new.
I truly believed in your back-row skills and you believed in them too.
I kept you on the court and you were an all-round threat.
You jump-served, passed to target...You did “way” more than block and hit.
One month ago, you were a part of another something new.
You came to me with back pain that I could not “stretch” you through.
You played so great in the GMC final four
You gave 100 percent. I could not have asked for more.
Today, you may need to be a part of another something new
If this is the case…I have designed one for you.
You can make your Leukemia another volleyball season.
I have thought long and hard and here is my reason.
You are an athlete with a mindset not to give in.
You are a rapid responder. You thrive to win.
You can block this Leukemia like you block an opponent
When you have a test, think of it as your shining moment.
Before a test, you can call those cute huddle-commands:
Like the ones for our team as we all clenched our hands.
You can make your supporters, your fans in the stands
Picture us shouting and clapping our hands.
Ace! Kill! Block it, Lizzy! We are in prayer!
You can have me in the stands with orange straight hair.
And after the test you must trust that you have won.
Trust the results are a “tally” in the winning column.
And if not, then remember a loss is not failure or defeat.
You just focus on the next chance to win and succeed.
And when your tests or procedures are down to the final 2, Win The Title!
I believe in you.