Saturday, February 27, 2016

Way to Step Up!

Tonight was senior night at the Wawasee basketball game.  Cal planned on going and supporting his friends.  I had mixed emotions about it all.  He didn't, however, and left around 6:30 or so. The Wawasee game began as usual with the starters being introduced.  I notice that a video of Cal was posted on Twitter by the athletic office.  He had positioned himself at the end of the student line and was chest bumping and high fiving the seniors as they came through.  He looked to be having a great time and the video of him with Jayce was priceless.

 It was also Special Olympics Night where the students of Wawasee coach and ref a game between two Special Olympic adult teams.  It has been successful in the past and everyone that has watched the games or participated has been appreciative of the students efforts.  Tonight the leader of the student group came to the crowd and said that one of the teams was a player short and wanted to know if anyone would like to help out by playing.  Cal was the first one up, raring to go.  They had a uniform for him and shortly after he took the court I received several texts letting me know what he was doing.

By the end of the halftime exhibition I received video, pictures, and a lot of compliments from those in the crowd.  They were so proud of him.  Not only did he step up to help out, but he made some nice passes to his teammates and worked with them very well.  The picture above is my favorite of the night.  It shows how much fun he is really having.  I was so proud of him and happy that others could see what an awesome young man he has grown up to be.  By the time he and HM arrived at our house they could talk of nothing else.  I was so afraid that senior night would be a challenge for him to get through, but in the end it turned out to be the highlight of the season.  Couldn't ask for anything more.

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