Sometimes I feel like kids have got life figured out better than adults. I see my 16-month son struggle to do what he feels like he needs to do, on a daily basis, more than any other adult who claims they have dreams of their own. Sure, to us, the stakes seem very low for children; Climbing up on top of the couch or learning to walk as a baby feels like second nature to an adult, but to a child, it takes everything in their power to walk.
They’re struggling 100% to learn to crawl, walk, and talk, while most of us can’t be bothered to make it to the gym on time, or dedicate 30 minutes a day to that novel we’ve been wanting to write for years.
And when it comes to standing up for the rights of others, most adults fall horribly short. Your friends will say they have your back but the second things get uncomfortable for them, they’re nowhere to be found.
But we can all take a lesson from these boys who decided to stand by their female teammates even though it meant forfeiting the season.
The St. John’s 5th grade basketball coed basketball team was told that they weren’t allowed to continue the rest of the season with their two female players on the team by the league’s director. Their record was even wiped because they had participated in games “illegally” by allowing females to be on the team.
They were faced with a choice: give up their female players or give up on the remaining games in the season. They opted for the latter.
The decision was made by the teammates themselves. When all 11 students were asked to raise their hands whether or not they wanted to play as the same team they had all year, the boys all shot their hands up together.
They even chanted, “Unity” in unison. Parents who witnessed the touching show of solidarity began to cry.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 12, 2017
When parent Denise Laskody was asked what she thought of the team’s decision, she didn’t mince words:
“Pride. Just pure pride. These kids are doing the right thing. We don’t have to tell them what to do. They just know. It’s amazing.”
Amazing indeed. The team will continue to play on the rest of the season, but their record will be forfeit. But that’s a small price to pay for these kids, who care more about their teammates than their place in the season. (h/t nj)