Sports can provide so much more beyond the field. They can give us opportunities to grow as people.
Two of my sons just finished their travel baseball seasons over the weekend. My 9 year old won their last tournament. It was a consolation bracket for his league where they missed making the championship bracket by a game. He and I were playing in the yard later that night, and I asked him what his favorite part of the season was. He replied: "Having Blake join the team." Blake lives one street over from us, but my son just met him this year, and they have become good friends. I asked him what was your next favorite part of the year. He replied: "Having Ross play with us in the Bay tournament; he seemed like a nice kid." Ross goes to school with a lot of kids on the team and was a guest player for us in the tournament whom my son had not met before.