I think some of you know that this is my last year as a teacher and maybe a coach. I am cleaning out some of my stuff since we are at the end of our first semester. In doing so, I came across a letter my wife and I were asked to write to our daughter in college. Coach Levin was/is such a great coach. BB was so fortunate to get to play for him. Coach knew that the girls were having a rough time and so, he asked all of the parents to write a letter to their child for Christmas and create something that would help their child make it through the dog days before the season was to begin. We were to mail or email these to Coach and he would hand them out in a Christmas Party that the team was having before they all went home for Christmas.
At the time, I knew BB was having it tough. This was her final season and she wanted a national title so much. She worked so hard. I wanted to include just a little from that letter.
"We know that you still have goals to reach and that you know that tears, blisters, sweat and some heartache will be involved in reaching your dreams. Would you want it any other way? BB, nothing in life is free. If you want free, you'll sit back and have to take what others give you. Instead, you have committed yourself to being the best player you can be. ... You know that winning involves a team and regardless of how well an individual does, it is the team that wins. Do your best to be a good teammate regardless of circumstances. Do your best to be a leader. Prepare for victory. Know that others make excuses for failure. Give yourself reasons for victory. ... When you grew up, you were constantly reminded that you were, "Butler's kid." Now, we are, "Brianna's parents." We are so proud of you. Brianna, mom and I could have given you everything you ever wanted. We didn't. It is the work ethic that you have that will serve you well in life. That, besides our love is the best gift we could have given you. Mom mentioned the other night that your grades are a direct result of that work ethic. Besides being a great player, you are an outstanding student. Like with ball, we told you that it didn't matter what the grades were if you knew that they were the result of your best effort. True to form, you have produced because you only accept the best results. You and your work ethic have stood the test of time. It will always stand the test of time even when Mom and I aren't here. We love you so much. Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad.
I'd ask some of you to consider doing the same. I included pictures from the time when BB was very very young to some from college. In the everyday rush of things, I had forgotten this letter. I am so glad that I found this today.