There comes a time in life when you realize you are witnessing something special—something that exceeds all expectations thought possible—something unbelievable. A time in life when all you can say is “WOW! This is incredible!”
That time came my way this year as I watched a group of young men playing high school football for a small AAA school in South Carolina—Pinewood Preparatory School—a school that teaches students from prekindergarten through high school to excel in college and life.
When a team’s motto is BELIEVE, you should know to expect the unbelievable. That’s how life works, and it is special when it happens.
So, what happened? Well, a football program that was winless a few years ago beat the odds and played for the 2015 South Carolina State Championship. That’s right—the State Championship! It didn’t happen because the players walked around with a “lucky buckeye” in their pockets. It happened because these players and coaches had a dream to rise from the ashes of the past and become winners.
They worked hard for many hours, days, weeks, and months pursuing their dream because they BELIEVED! Each individual BELIEVED in self, each other, and most importantly, the TEAM. A group of individuals came together as one and beat the odds by winning, and winning again.
Each victory brought more fans onboard and the “Friday Night Lights” stands began to fill with students, teachers, friends, parents, grandparents, and relatives. BELIEVE became the battle cry of all who shared in the joy for the efforts of a group of young men—young men who were dedicated to a cause and a dream. The atmosphere of the crowd was electrifying and served to embolden these young men to do more—to push harder and harder—to make their dream become reality.
Success breeds success and the whole community began reaching out in support of the little team that could. Newspapers published articles reporting the success of the team, players and coaches. It was a magical time in the lives of young men who were grinding it out on the field week after week. They strived to get better each week, and their efforts to do so were rewarded.
The spectacular 11- 1 season closed with the state championship game played on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Although the team came up just a tad short that night, they finished with a very respectable record of 11 – 2, and second place overall in the state. It was truly a remarkable accomplishment!
The players, coaches, and fans have every reason to hold their heads high. The TEAM that BELIEVED made it to the grandest stage of all—the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! Congratulations to all of you on a job well done! Be proud of your accomplishment! I can assure you the community and the entire Pinewood Prep family is very proud of you!
As the grandparent of two players on the team, I wish to express my sincere thanks to every player and coach for your efforts this year. I BELIEVE in each of you—yesterday, today, and tomorrow! The memories you created will last a lifetime, and for that, I am truly grateful. I wish each of you nothing but the best going forward.
Always BELIEVE in yourself, the TEAM, and pursue your dreams with passion! With hard work, dedication, and perseverance, anything is possible!
BELIEVE and make next year even better…
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Tom Tatum – Author of Faith-based Novels
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