A Micros Season To Remember
By Joe Ulm
Our Micros program closed out their last practice session of a wonderful fall season this past Wednesday. As moms, dads, sons and daughters walked to their car their familiar words of encouragement and laughter began to fade. I watched until almost everyone had left, the last few players kicking soccer balls on the way to their car, the parking lot emptying slowly, one car after the next, and I felt a little sad that it was over.
There’s something very special about having so many four and five year-olds running around, playing, learning, having fun. The age of the players is part of it for sure – watching them experience so many things for the first time; faces lighting up at learning a new skill, making new friends, etc. – but it’s more than that. There’s an unencumbered joy in the atmosphere; 15 fields full of girls and boys, all playing free, no expectations weighing them down, moms and dads showering them with words of encouragement, smiles beaming at the praise. It brings an energy to the entire park that’s amazing…and I’ll miss it.
At the beginning of the season, I came to Micros practices to help with whatever might be needed. Through the middle weeks, I came looking forward to the atmosphere of energy and fun. Now, just five weeks later, I realize those four and five year-olds gave me far more than I gave them and I’m incredibly grateful for all of it.
Thank you to all our Micros families – you made this fall season a blast. And great thanks to Adam for doing such an amazing job coordinating everything.
Yeah, I’m sad the fall season is over, but our spring season will be here before we know it and I’m already looking forward to it!
Stay United, everyone.