This summer Rayna has participated in Take On Sports for the first time and it has been such a blessing. It is a sports league specifically for kids and adults with special needs -- and happy for us -- it happens to be less than a third of a mile from our house.
At Rayna's first soccer game, I alternated between huge smiles and teary eyes the whole time. Each participant is assigned a "buddy" about their same age, who encourages them and cheers them on. It was so cool to see all those kind-hearted kids out there wanting to help and love! The coach was fantastic, too, specifically teaching and encouraging each kid by name.
The parents all knew all the names, too, and even though Rayna was brand new, I heard many folks calling out her name and cheering for when she scored. And yes, she scored! A couple of times, actually. I wish I had recorded her glowing face when she was so pleased with herself. She loved hearing us all rejoice with her.
|Rayna -- about to score!|
Take On Sports has become my most favorite sports league ever -- the way I wish all sports were. Everyone leaves the games with sweaty clothes and huge smiles, and in my case, a greater appreciation for the beauty in our community.