This article is written by Shari Medini
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Athletes get a lot of credit for the dedication, strength, & sacrifice that they show. And they fully deserve that credit! However, they are not the only ones showing dedication, strength, & sacrifice… this article is a “Thank You” to the parents of athletes who are the silent strength behind that success.
Thank you for the hours that you spend in the car driving to practices & competitions.
Thank you for washing loads of disgustingly sweaty laundry
Thank you for giving up your evenings & weekends
Thank you for giving up time that you could have used for your own interests
Thank you for spending your hard-earned money on your athlete’s dreams
Thank you for loving your athlete whether they won or lost
Thank you for managing schedules so that your athlete is always where they need to be
Thank you for being brave in the face of injuries & setbacks
Thank you for understanding that practices might come before family vacations
Thank you for your patience when practice runs long
Thank you for showing up to competitions, even when you are too nervous to actually watch
Thank you for encouraging your athlete to keep going when they needed the extra push
Thank you for the hours you have inevitably spent wondering what path is best for your athlete
Thank you for trusting your athlete’s coaches and your athlete themselves
Thank you for caring about your athlete’s happiness & well-being
Thank you for believing in your athletes
And ultimately… Thank you for your constant support
Through sports, YOU are providing your children with incredible life-lessons that will serve them well throughout the rest of their lives. Win or lose, they are building character directly because of your support & efforts.
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