This past weekend was spent supporting Melissa and the Michigan State University Pompon team as they competed in the Collegiate Championship. It began Friday night with a dress rehearsal at MSU, followed by dinner to celebrate my sister's birthday. Melissa came home with us after dinner and was able to relax and recharge at home, on Saturday.
On Sunday, the day of the competition, the team met for a unity breakfast, then headed to check in at the arena. Melissa was nervous, but confident in her team and all the practice they had put in. They were ready, as returning champions, to defend their title.
After a great performance, it was up to the judges. When the results were announced, MSU placed 2nd in the competition and this is where we became proud as both parents and MSU alumni. Sometimes the greater test of character comes in how a loss is handled, rather than a win. The team showed tremendous class and made us proud to be Spartans. Melissa came away holding her head high, knowing they had given it their best, and that is the greatest accomplishment.
When your children participate in sports, over the years you see the highs and lows; both wins and losses. You give many pep talks and teach good sportsmanship. It is the hope that they will win, as well as lose with grace. These girls on Sunday, learned these lessons well, and made us extremely proud.
Have a great day!