Jack was on the first place team going into the playoffs. They were going to have to fight to win and these boys knew it. Game one goes into overtime! And we win! The Championship goes into overtime and then a shootout! Jack takes the first shot and misses, but in the end we win the championship.
You'll note that he is the captain by the C on his jersey. That alone makes me one proud mama. Someone, other than me and his father, saw his leadership potential. Going into that final game, I don't think there was one parent there that didn't tell me how they'd picked the right leader when it came to picking Jack. He was motivating for his players and kind with his leadership. So, I was already bursting with pride.
After the game, the teams line up. The runner up team is handed their banner. The champions are handed theirs and the Captain and one of his Assistant Captains skate out to receive it. They skate it back to their team and they are suddenly lost in the sea of players wanting to touch their prize. What should happen next? Emerging from that pile is my little Captain! He skates to the other team and begins to shake the hands of the players. The coach moves in and shakes his hand as well. Could I have been any more proud? "Win with humility and lose with dignity," we'd told him. And look at that! He did.
They get it. When you give them the tools to be amazing they step it up a notch. If only one player from the other team walked away feeling appreciated because that Captain took a moment to shake their hand, then we did our job.