It was a heartbreaking loss after a great game! The Patriots shot three pointers like they’ve done all season. The Hawks hit free throw after free throw. It was a sight to see. Overtime. How state titles should be earned! …if only it had ended in our favor.
But today is a new day. Today Millard South and Lincoln Southwest are once again a part of the same community, a community of athletes, of high school students, of Nebraskans. What unites them is once again stronger than what divides them. That is always the case!
Community was proudly on display last night.
Brothers and sisters and parents and grandparents holding signs and waving pictures of their players. Family.
Cheerleaders and band members and dance teams and amazing student sections cheering on their players. School.
Guards, forwards, coaches, trainers. Team.
On both sides!
There is power in community. There is energy and enthusiasm in community. You could feel it in the arena. Many voices became one. What no single person could accomplish can often be done with ease when people come together. “Many hands make light work.”
Communities working together can do amazing things! Imagine if those families, those teams, those schools worked together. Imagine what they could do. Last week I saw communities working together to clean up after tornadoes in Illinois and Missouri. This year we have already seen communities rally together after fires and floods and blizzards.
Imagine what we could do if our communities came together for a common purpose. Could we ensure all students have access to a quality education? Could we guarantee care for the elderly? End hunger? End homelessness? Could we see to it that every single person feels a sense of belonging, of love?
Families, teams, schools know that there is power in community. If only we could extend that to the community of humankind.
One community walked away last night happy with the result, the other wishing the outcome had been different. But both walked away with a sense a pride, proud of what they had accomplished together through the season, proud of what can be done when we unite.