Very proud of our granddaughter, Kayla Goldstein – third from your right in the back row – and her teammates from Yeshivat Noam who handily took care of the previously unbeaten SAR Academy in their semi-final contest last night.
‘Tis the season, so I’ll pose the question: Why are these Knights different from all other Knights? The Answer: They’ve evolved into a very unselfish team. It is mostly the more experienced and talented 8th graders who play, with 7th graders waiting in the wings until next year. In their previous game, a blowout quarterfinal, the Coach asked back-up players like Kayla if they wanted to come in. To their credit, the backups said that the 8th graders worked hard all season and earned the right to be in there at the end to celebrate the victory. Same thing happened last night in the surprising blowout of another talented team. At this young age perhaps even some sports superstitions are contributing to the karma.
There’s another aspect of unselfish teams that Miriam pointed out, remembering my experiences from YU wrestling days and conversations through the years.
Yes, we’re talking about practice. Even though Kayla’s playing time during the season has been limited, she is a very talented rebounder and defender. No doubt this makes the starting players she guards in practice that much better. Unsung heroes, these practice role players are. A very important life’s lesson here, just one more reason why organized school sports helps develop teamwork and character.