Thursday, January 22, 2009

High School Basketball Team Smiles at 100-0 Loss

The final score of the high school girls basketball game was 100-0, and his team had the nothing. Still, a week later, Dallas Academy Athletic Director Jeremy Civello was chalking up the game in the win column.

"My girls never quit," he said. "They played as hard as they could to the very end. They played with all their hearts at 70-nothing, 80-nothing and 100-nothing. I was really proud of them. That's what I told them after the game."

This is a true story. In fact, the high school girls basketball team at Dallas Academy has never won a game in the last four seasons of Coach Civello's career at this school, which is famous for its work with students who have learning disabilities.

Can you
imagine being in their position?

Picture've only been playing basketball for maybe two years. And here you are at a game against an incredible team. As you play, it hits you that your team hasn't scored one point. Then you look at the scoreboard and realize your opponent has already scored 60 points. 60-0. The crowd is cheering like crazy because you're playing at the other teams' home court. Then you realize that every time you get the ball... two seconds later, the other team has it already down at the other end of the court in the hoop.

It seems like a sad story, until you realize that these girls kept a smile on their face until the end of the game. And not only that, but they played with all of their hearts. I don't know about you, but it would be heartbreaking and humiliating for me. I probably would've wanted to give up at 40-0. Yet, here are these girls, in high school, who have the courage and the selflessness and the humility to be able to play the game with their whole heart and smile when they see the score of 100-0.

To read more or to watch the news footage, click HERE

I hope this inspires you as much as it does me... Tara K.

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