It tells like a Disney movie. The plot: 14 young girls thrown together into an unlikely team. Their lack of experience dramatized as, at the first practice, one girl holds up a mitt on her throwing hand and asks, "So, how do I throw?"
Practices, hard work, willing attitudes and even more hard work, and slowly a real team is forged. At long last, the games begin. Only what is at stake is much more than a winning season. These girls are sweating and striving for something vastly bigger than a championship trophy.
The crowd goes wild, cheering and stamping and calling out the girls names - and here is where our story line departs from the made-for-screen version. This excitement is not for home runs and triple plays, but for hits and near-hits, catches and base-runs - triumphs in the little things that most teams take for granted.
What has been accomplished in this season that most would not consider successful? Courage. Teamwork. Sportsmanship. Trust, being trusted in return, and working hard to deserve and keep that trust. Confidence. Strength. Relationship. Each forming an invisible medal hanging from the girls' necks.
These girls have struggled and fought for these, and they have earned them rightly. Such qualities will serve them much better than a fading championship or tarnishing trophy.
And the crowd goes wild!
This softball team is in many ways a microcosm of The Children's Home. Because of your support, we are able to, with consistency, provide for the physical needs and teach the basic skills that so many of these kids have lacked. We practice steps over and over, and finally, when the kids put what they have learned into practice, we praise the small accomplishments that, in time, grow to become huge achievements. We provide life-giving experience after life-giving experience because these turn into skills, that turn into successes, that turn into life change... and we cheer our lungs out along the way.