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MV Kickball- It's More than Just a Game

A little over six weeks ago, we started our eighth season of Kickball at Mountain View. I had just started in the position as Mountain View Coordinator, and I had never been in charge of a sports league before.

This season we had 130 kids register to play. This is the largest number of kids we have had play in any one season. I admit, I was a little anxious that first night. Getting all the kids organized and with their coaches is no small task. As I was checking people in, a little girl came up to me. I saw that her parent was making her stand in line all alone. She looked like she was about to cry at any moment and she could barely tell me her name so I could find her team. I was able to stop what I was doing and walk her to find her coach thanks to some other volunteers who were helping me that night. Still on the verge of tears, she told me she had never played on a team before and she didn’t know her coach which made her scared. My heart hurt for this scared little girl. She didn’t have a parent nearby helping her through this new situation. So I looked at her and said, “Hannah, I really think you are going to do great. This is my first time helping with kickball, but we can do this. I know you are going to love your coach.”

After practice, I checked on Hannah. She didn’t say much but she gave me a small smile. The season continued and Hannah always came to find me after the game. Most of the time, she stood back until I noticed her. Last week, we had our end of the year banquet at Mountain View. The kids were able to have a nice dinner with their families. After dinner, the coaches split up with their teams and called each child forward to say something positive about them and give them a hand written note with their medal. The smiles on the faces and of the families and the children were priceless. There were many hugs and thank you’s that night, but there is one I won’t ever forget. There was a little girl who ran up to me, wrapped her arms around me and said, “You were right. I loved my coach and I loved kickball.”

Kickball is a game, but it is so much more. It gives kids like Hannah a chance to hear words of encouragement she may never hear somewhere else. She had a confidence at the banquet that she didn’t have at the beginning of the season. Hannah’s story is just one story. There are more to tell and more lives that can be impacted at Mountain View. If you are interested in getting involved or just want to hear more about what is happening in this community, please let me know. I want to say a special thank you to my coaches who took time to invest in these kids and their families for a short time. This season would not have been possible without you.


Amanda Brown

 


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