People know I am an easily emotional person. Music affects me. Movies make me cry. Every one of the E:60 segments featuring an athlete or fan facing a real hardship or overcoming a setback is likely to have me choking back tears.
Well, we have hit the point of the high school season here in Georgia where the waterworks are likely to kick in.
In the next couple weeks, I hope to see several of my clients play their last high school regular-season games. The festivities wrapped up in Senior Night are meant to pull at your heartstrings and you can count on there being a lump in my throat as these players walk out with their parents to celebrate the end of their high school careers.
These are celebrations that allow people to show players how proud they are of their accomplishments. To let that player know how much they have enjoyed seeing them play. To remember the highs and the lows that all athletes go through and to recognize all that a player has overcome.
Seniors, here is your chance. Yes, this is your night, but it is also your family’s. Be sure you let them know how much you appreciate them. Get ready to be happy and sad, all at the same time. Never forget to say thank you to the people who have supported you throughout this journey.
You didn’t run this race alone.
About the Author: Tory Acheson brings a wealth of knowledge to the Fastpitch Prep staff. He has coached at all levels of the game, including the last 25 years at the college level at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Tennessee Tech and Kennesaw State. He began his coaching career at the high school level spending 9 years Whitnall High School in Greenfield, Wis. and is now working as a professional softball instructor.