A Letter From the Coach of U-14 Football

A Letter to My Football Team at the End of the Season:
TODAY, I just want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you!
Each one of you has taught me something valuable about the game, and about life. Each one of you has not only made me a better coach, but a better person. Each one of you has created a lasting impression on me.
Each one of you has mattered. Each of you has worked hard, and have fought your own private battles to become not just a better football player, but a better young lady. You have also created memories for yourself, for each other and for your families, that I sincerely hope will sincerely leave a lasting life long impression.
My hope is that 15 years from now, you will look back on these days spent on the football field and despite the struggles and frustrations and trying moments that you may have had, be filled with joy. My hope is that when our paths cross in 5 years when you are graduating high school, you will invite me to your graduation. That you will offer me a hug, and say “Hey Coach, remember that time when you took our phone away before the final ” ”  “Hey coach, remember when you screamed she doesn't know how to shoot?” ” Hey coach, remember when you didn't let us eat only fruits ”
I hope that when you reach back in your childhood file, you see just how much FUN we had. Sure, sometimes, I lost my temper. Sometimes you lost your focus. Sometimes we got annoyed with one another. Sometimes things didn’t seem fair. We lost the couples friendly games but we won a lot of games and the Saikac championship But all in all, I have to say that we had a great season and that my friends, is because of each one of YOU! Each one of you amazing, talented, gifted girls who stuck it out, left it all on the field, and never gave up on each other or yourselves.
If I was a great coach this year, then it means that I helped instill the love of the game inside your heart.That has been my goal. That is my #1 JOB. 
Each of you has been important.
Each of you has been a special blessing to this team.
You may not all have the same gifts, but you have GIFTS nonetheless – and my hope for each of you is that you remain constantly aware of how amazing you are and will carry your gifts forward to the big world in front. You are special and capable and strong and talented and never NEVER let anyone tell you otherwise. 
You have made me laugh. You have made me cry. You have made me happy. You have made me frustrated at times. But mostly, you have made me proud. Proud to be your coach, proud to represent you on the field.
You may not realize right now, but this season you have all grown up so much. 

My last piece of coaching advice for you is to keep playing for as long as you can, for as long as you LOVE the game. Of course, I want you to continue next season playing with me, but if you do not – keep playing anyways. Never quit! Follow your heart and keep playing.
And never ever forget about the unique, special gifts that YOU and YOU ALONE have to offer this world…  
Congratulations Champions!
Coach K

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