That healthy crowd was treated to a heartbreaking game. They saw the Lakers lose to Grant when the Tigers’ last-second field goal hit off the right upright and bounced down across the goal post, giving Grant a 31-29 victory.
If there’s anything that the game proved, it’s that while this loss hurts like crazy in the short term, it will eventually fade into memory and become a story to share with friends years down the road.
That’s the real value of playing high school sports — not winning or losing.
Sure, championship trophies are great, and positive win-loss records are often a direct result of hard work and great coaching. But the things we take away from participating on a sports team go well beyond touchdowns, 3-pointers, home runs or goals.
Prep sports are about being a part of a team — being a part of something bigger than you. They’re about learning the value of hard work, dedication and teamwork.
Sports afford us the opportunity to bond with people much more intimately than we would in more casual situations. They create lifelong friendships.
When the hundreds of former Lakers returned to Grabinski Field, they certainly talked about the big win or the heartbreaking loss. But they also talked about the bus rides, the grueling practices, and a thousand other stories and anecdotes and inside jokes that can only be appreciated by long-lost friends.
This further exhibits just how critical athletics and other extra-curricular activities are to our young people. Countless studies prove that getting involved in a team, a club or other organization help keep kids out of trouble and keep their grades up.
They also create lifelong memories that extend well beyond wins and losses.
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