High School Sports Are As American As Apple Pie
Lately, the USA has been the punch line in a lot of jokes around the world due to our ridiculous election season. Frankly, these jokes were well warranted and deserved.
I'm not here to make this some sort of American flag-waving nationalistic we're the best type of post. However, I would like to share a piece of our American culture that I feel is truly unique and has made our country great.
That's high school sports.
There is something truly special about putting on a uniform that bears your school name: the school spirit at the games, the chants of the cheerleaders, playing in front of your friends and family, the rivalries with other schools, the pep rallies, the band playing the school's fight song!
My first job out of college was a high school tennis coach. I truly loved it. I loved being called coach. I loved the feeling when one of the kids I was coaching learned something new. I loved watching a kid beat someone they didn't think they could. High school sports is full of coachable moments both in sport and life. As a coach, your impact on the kids can be felt each and every day. There's something truly rewarding about that.
From the Friday night lights of a football game to a packed gym of screaming fans at a basketball game, I love it all! Here are some photos I've found that really describe the beauty of high school sports in America. I hope you enjoy them!
High school football in Colorado at its best. Players meet after the game for a prayer as the snow falls.
The look of concern is evident here on this high school basketball players face. Clearly, this game means something to her.
This one is from the movie Hoosiers, one of my favorite and a movie set in Indiana where high school basketball is king. It's moments like these in the locker room before the big game that kids remember forever.
Homemade signs like these are so much fun. You won't see these at a pro game. This one made me chuckle a bit.
Here is the team I coached for four years. This particular team went 14-0 and won the conference title. I also won coach of the year honors, truth be told they carried me to that award. I still stay in touch with many of the guys on this team. They've all gone on to be quite successful in life. One of them just won an award at NASA as a top scientist. Another of them is one of Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs. I interviewed him in this post on Inc: http://www.inc.com/john-white/startup-lessons-from-one-of-silicon-valleys-top-young-entrepreneurs.html
Wow, that's some serious height! Cheerleaders make the games fun and pump up the crowd.
Even tough guys cry in high school sports sometimes. There is blood on their hands. Think they played hard?
High school sports can be one of extreme emotions. Compare the look on these girls faces to the boys in the previous photo. It feels good to win!
The bus ride to and from the games is often when friendships are cemented.
I saved the best one for last. This one is a video that will surely touch your heart.
I hope you've enjoyed my look into high school sports in the USA. Someday, I will return to coaching at the high school level. I love it too much not to do it.