We’re going to call this our “Something…” series in proceeding with getting our blog back up to speed, after being silent these past three months. So without further ado…
Keeven’s 1st season of Special Olympic’s basketball is what’s so “special” about this post!
January 6th couldn’t have rolled around any sooner! We’d been telling people from the time Keev came to be with us that he would “rock the Special Olympics” someday and that he did! Yes, we’re proud of our little 6 year old Downy b-baller and happy to brag on him when given the chance
God has bestowed some gifts upon this child and handling a ball is chief among them. Another is determination, which is a total bonus when the odds always seem stacked against you! When this little man gets something in his head, he’s gonna accomplish it one way or another!
Over the past three years, we have watched Keev diligently practice his dribbling skills each and every time he was able to get his little hands on a basketball. On a few occasions, this meant retrieving him from making a mad dash onto the court during one of his big brother’s games or practices!
The other thing has been his determination to understand the game, especially evident anytime we’re watching others play. He can get very engrossed and vocal when cheering our team on, “Go Egwos!”
It was something else to watch this three foot 7 inch little man play point for his team – driving into the midst of players twice his size & girth, only to see the ball sail over their heads as he attempted to shoot a basket.
The other thing that meant so much to us was the sense of relief that came over him as the season unfolded. If he could have articulated what his thoughts were, we think he would have told us “finally, it’s me that gets to play the game while everyone else watches!”. This relief brought on a new maturity in him and an ability to stay focused through the season.