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Tatym in soccer uniform

My daughter Tatym’s favorite sport is soccer. She’s been playing rec soccer since she was four years old and joined a club soccer team when she was eleven. Unfortunately the high school that she attended did not offer soccer as a competitive sport. She was good at other offered sports, such as volleyball, but those weren’t her passion; soccer was.

I looked into seeing if she could play with a different high school that offered soccer, but I had to jump through several hoops. Two private schools (Lutheran and Catholic, yes they can get along) combined forces to create a girls’ soccer team. We had to get permission from both of their school boards to allow outside players. Both agreed. But then we had to get permission from our own school board. They voted no after hearing Tatym’s inspirational plea. She cried. I cried for her.

Their reasonings were absurd. One being that it would cost too much and funds were needed elsewhere, but in actuality the only cost would’ve been $60. Since parents couldn’t pay the fee, I offered that Tatym could easily fundraise the $60 needed to pay the fees. The other reasoning was that they then would have to allow other students the option to go play soccer, and they were afraid they would lose track stars that opted for soccer. Again, only one other girl said she would like to play soccer, and neither her or Tatym were going out for track no matter what.

I think the main reason was that the principal (who recommended to the school board to not allow co-oping) just plain dislikes the sport of soccer (he refused to even watch his own kids play it when they were little), and he vocally dislikes one of the rival schools that we got permission from. Everyone knows the school are archenemies in other sports, but the other school was Christian enough to accept outsiders.

I gave Tatym the option to switch to one of the private schools so she could play soccer to reach her potential. She chose to stick it out at the local public school another year, but this year (her senior year), she opted to switch to the Lutheran school, and I think we both wish she would’ve transferred earlier!

Were All Just A Kid

We’re all “Just a Kid” from somewhere…

There is potential in all of us.  No matter what anyone achieves in life, we all start in the same place as everyone else:  as a kid full of potential and big dreams.  At the end of the day, we are all “just a kid” from somewhere.  POWERADE believes that with the right motivation these everyday athletes can realize their potential and one day may be the athletes that others look up to. We all know that sports have a major impact on our communities. Whether it is volleyball or soccer, every athlete in every league has a story waiting to be told.

Represent “your somewhere” with limited-edition custom “Just a Kid” apparel that features where you’re from here. All net proceeds from the sale of “Just a Kid” apparel goes to the Boys & Girls Club of America.

Just a Kid from Water Bottle

FREE “Just a Kid” Sports Bottle Offer from POWERADE

Right now, Walmart has a special POWERADE offer where shoppers can get a free “Just a Kid” sports bottle! When you buy two 8-packs of 20 oz POWERADE at Walmart, you can then go online, submit your receipt, and order a free custom “Just a Kid” reusable sports bottle. Go to http://www.us.powerade.com/walmart/#pov2 to learn more.  This offer is good until April 4, 2016 or while supplies last.

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