One of the great things about the Sportsmanship Brigade is that the experience benefits the volunteers as much as the kids. We get to meet great new kids every week. On Saturday, Brigade members were in attendance for a CYC 7th and 8th grade girls lacrosse match between St. Gerard Majella and St. Michael. The action was fast and furious and both teams scored in bunches early on. Neither defense had an answer for the opposing offense. This back-and-forth lasted until the half when St. Gerard changed its defensive scheme. For those not familiar, girls and women’s lacrosse have different rules when it comes to physicality. Girls do not wear helmets and pads like the boys do and are therefore not allowed to body check.
|From L-R: Maya, Big Sol and Katie|
The Brigade quickly noticed Katie’s energy and passion for her teammates. When she entered the game, she hopped off the bench as if she were shot out of a cannon. Katie tapped all of her teammates sticks yelling, “Let’s go!” She played hard and kept an almost permanent smile on her face throughout the game. Easily the heart and soul of her team, even Katie’s teammates weren’t surprised when she was recognized by the Brigade. Maya’s recognition, on the other hand, was based on an act of humility and selflessness. A St. Gerard player made an amazing spin move and scored on Maya. This happened late in the game when St. Gerard was building its lead. Rather than stomp away in frustration or throw some sort of tantrum, Maya jogged over to her opponent and said, “That was a good shot” and rejoined her team on offense.
Be a Good Sport!