This past weekend for the first time in the history of BFA, a basketball team won the European Championships. The girls had an impressive regular season and went to the year-end tournament knowing they could not only compete with everyone else, but could emerge victorious. Their aggressive and menacing defense made them a terror for opposing offenses. Witnessing their victory brought such a sense of joy, accomplishment, community and pride.
I was in my office at school trying to get work done, as the game was going on. I had planned on streaming it on my computer, but was unable to reach the site behind the school’s firewall. I frantically texted a bunch of people who I thought might be watching the game. After several texts, I was finally able to work it out to watch the game. I skyped with a friend, and was able to enable the ‘share screen’ feature. So, she was watching the game on her computer and sharing her screen with me, so I could watch it as well. Having spent five years together in Germany, it was a lot of fun to watch the game ‘together’ and be able to make comments back and forth throughout the game.
As the final seconds of the clock ticked down to zero everyone was cheering. Fans were erupting with joy. Players were celebrating, hugging and high-fiving. I sat at my computer watching everything unfold as tears began to swell up in my eyes.
I hope those who frequent my blog are confident in my deep love for the students I worked with in Germany. They hold a very special place in my heart. They have impacted me in ways I cannot describe. As I watched them celebrate and enjoy their achievements, I was filled with joy for them. Their obvious joy, could do nothing but make others feel the same way.
Additionally, I was blown away and felt such a great sense of community. Within moments of the game ending Facebook was blowing up with people all over the place expressing their congratulations and excitement from the result. I saw posts from Colorado, Virginia, Canada, Illinois, Germany, Russia, Arkansas, and many more. You could not help but realize that people all over the world were watching the same game, and sharing in the same ecstasy. Regardless of where we were, it felt as if we were celebrating together. Despite the fact that our paths may have never crossed while at BFA, the common bond of that experience united us. In a year that has been marked by a difficult transition and a lack of community, it was extra sweet to once again feel like I belonged to a community.
The accomplishment of the team. The community of the school. The respect and love I have for the players. All of those things combined and made me feel so proud to be a part of everything. I sat in my office and tried to process everything. I sat back, and let some tears of joy fall.
Congratulations to all the girls on an incredible season. You made history. You are champions.