Friday, September 18, 2009

The Introduction Of The Classy Button: Okay High Volleyball Girls.



So here's the thing. I gripe a lot about my old high school (where I work) and I make fun of it a lot. However, a few of them get a big Classy from Travis tonight.

A few days ago, a young lady was killed in an airplane crash in Tulsa. You probably heard about it on the news, or read about it in the paper. One of my followers, Ed over at Ed's Funny Pages, actually turned to his wife and said, "Geez, I hope it wasn't Travis." Thanks for that, Ed.

Anyway, the young lady that died played volleyball for the Metro Christian volleyball team in or around Tulsa. This team, still grieving the loss of their friend and teammate, showed up to play the game they had scheduled with us. That in itself gets applause from me, because that took a lot of strength to do.

One of our volleyball girls named Taryn decided that the young lady that died deserved some last respects, if you will. Our girls painted her jersey number on both of their arms, and they gave the other team a card and flowers.

I will repeat that. THE OPPOSING TEAM GAVE THE TEAM THAT LOST A TEAMMATE FLOWERS. That's right, I typed it in caps, because they deserve it. I have never heard of this happening before in my life.

Folks, in this age of ZERO sportsmanship, parents yelling at referees, fights in the stands, and insults hurled from player to player, our girls stand tall. I cannot fully convey how proud I am of them, and they make me proud to have graduated from and to work at that school.

Here's what I propose. I have a few readers, and a few followers. Not many, but a few. If you've read this post, and you think what they did was classy, I want you to post a comment. I want you to let them know how classy this was. I want to run out of room on my page for this post alone. Encourage them. Encourage THIS behavior. If you are reading this and go to school there, proudly proclaim it. Let's do this folks. Let's let our Lady Mustang volleyball team know how proud of them we are.

And that, my friends, is real.

(here is a link to the newspaper article that was written about them)

Editors Note: I don't blog again until they get 25 comments at least. I really feel they should be shown this support. It HAS to be encouraged. Come on folks, let em have it.

22 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post. Those girls, their parents, and all of their teachers should be so proud of them. What a class act!

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  2. That is an awesome thing to do, definitely. It shows that the world still has some decent people left.

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  3. Completely fabulous! What a wonderful thing and it gives me so much hope in the next generation! Well done!

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  4. That's awesome!!! I'm very proud of them.

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  5. Classy. Very classy. And props to you for posting about it. You are good people in Okay.

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  6. Those girls are more than Okay in my book. I give them a Hugelinormous Classy. Reminds me of the girls that carried that other player around the bases during the softball game.

    P.S. Thanks for the shout out.

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  7. As a recent Okay High 09 graduate, and a former volleyball player, i am very proud to say that those girls used to be my teammates...to know that the sense of respect that was instilled in us is carried on into the future!!! keep it up girls!! Make Okay proud!!

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  8. It was the right thing to do. I can't imagine how hard it would be to lose a teammate. Let alone play so soon after their death. I'm very proud of what we did and I'm glad that everyone else backs us up. They are such a strong team. Thats the second volleyball player that of teams we've played in my two years of playing that has died. It's very sad... Thank you for recognizing us in your blog...
    miesha

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  9. I know they are great!!! I have been able to witness many random acts of kindness by these girls this season. I have enjoyed getting to know them all better.

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  10. Travis, My eyes welled up with tears of pride and I don't even know your girls. I wish everyone would take a page from these girls' playbook and show that much compassion and humanity towards their peers. Oh what a wonderful world that would be! Thanks for sharing, this with us. It made my day! :)

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  11. What a super great selfless thing to do. It's rare, but wonderful, to see such caring acts in today's society. Kudos to your girls!

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  12. WAY TO GO!!!
    What an awesome tribute, Travis!
    These girls have shown that there is more to sports and sportsmanship than just the game. They have definitely raised the bar and set the standard back where it should. We can all learn a lesson from them.

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  13. I'm very proud of the girls! =) Good job, and keep it up!

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  14. Classy girls and classy Travis. It really says something about you to acknowledge a kind act that could so easily be overlooked. Sounds like the kind of school I would like my own girls to attend.

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  15. I agree very classy indeed! Hope you feel better soon too!

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  16. If there were more people like these girls in the world today, I would worry so much less about the future for my kids. Awesomellent girls!

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  17. hey, look at that! high school sports being used for their intended purpose: teaching young people the value of sportsmanship and molding them into decent human beings!

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  18. WAY TO GO, GIRLS!
    THAT, my friends, is a lesson in humanity.

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  19. Wow.. That's more than classy! We need more people like that!

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  20. If every one was to do what they did the world would be alot better place

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  21. That is suuuuppper classy...and it brought a (couple of) tear(s) to my eye(s)...keep it up, ladies...there aren't too many classy youngsters out there anymore...

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