Last night, as I sat in our Novi High School National Honor Society induction ceremony, two of our Novi High School winter sports teams were competing in the state playoffs.
But that does not tell the whole story.
Winter sports is a grind. The season seems long. It stretches from one calendar year to the next. It encompasses holidays. The weather outside can be dismal.
Yet, these student athletes practice each day, show up on game day, give everything they have.
Our Novi High School girls basketball team had the lead at halftime against a perennial power. Unfortunately, the second half did not go our way and the girls lost.
Today, by chance, I bumped into our hockey coach. He said two important things. First, it hurt. Second, this is what high school sports is all about.
I am sure that our girls and boys hearts are heavy today. Both teams had a chance. You play to win. And it did not happen.
But it is the chance you take when you play the game. These athletes knew going in that only one team a season wins the last game of the year. Only one team celebrates. The rest have their hearts broken.
And that is the beauty of high school sports. Participating in athletics helps learn lessons that may not be learned in the classroom. Winning is fun. But the lessons learned can, and may, define a lifetime.
These lessons and many more are learned as our students engage in our athletic program.
Broken hearts will heal.
And the lessons learned will, hopefully, help our students continue to have confidence as they move forward with their lives.