Remember this article about Dee Trcka, the winning charm for the basketball team? We woke up this morning to find that he was written up in the paper again. This time, it brought tears to my eyes (it's okay--you can laugh at me). This Letter to the Editor was in the Killeen Daily Herald today. It is regarding Dee's freshman/JV White baseball team. He was in Lampasas at a tournament for the past 2 days.
The letter is about their exceptional behavior while eating pizza on Thursday. I have to be honest, his team doesn't win a lot of games due to lack of experience playing as children. But this is an important reminder (even to a super-competitive person like me) that participating in sports is about learning more than the fundamentals of a game.
Here is the text because I don't know how long KDH leaves these articles up, and I want to remember this.
Letters to the Editor
KHS baseball team had good manners
To the Editor:
My wife and I just finished lunch at Mr. Gatti’s in Lampasas.
While there, we were sharing the buffet line with the Killeen High baseball team (may have been freshman team).
Generally, being seated between a group of students and food can sometimes prove hazardous.
This was far from the case. We were met with excuse me, pardon me, yes ma’am, yes sir, and the all important words “Please and Thank you.”
After commenting to the coach about the team’s manners and returning to my table, my wife asked if I had also noticed that every member had their baseball caps off while inside eating.
We all know a coach has a lot of influence on their players, but I believe that this is a little deeper. The manners and politeness these young men displayed had to also come from caring teachers and parents.
We believe that when you see someone doing something right, you give credit for it.
Posted on Saturday, March 13, 2010 by Eddie and Janice Garner Lampasas
Sorry to embarrass you, babe. I love you!