The players walk onto the field with the excitement of scoring a goal or running past a defender or just touching the soccer ball.
It is a sensation or desire that all kids in attendance find joy in.
The sport may vary however the environment and experience will always bring back the special feeling, whether positive or negative.
We are responsible just as much as the kids to create that fun, energetic, motivating, positive and competitive setting.
We are all natural competitors in each area of our life and too many people are trying to pull this piece away from our youth and us.
It is ok to lose when we give everything we have to win.
It is not ok to lose if it is the result of a stifled competitiveness.
Who wins the trophy is obvious but who truly wins might be misunderstood by many or unnoticed.
Maybe scoring that goal was the best that child felt all week or that new friend they met at the tournament turns into their new best friend for the next 20 years.
Wins come in all shapes and sizes and can be defined by each person.
My win is witnessing others realize the smallest of wins.
The purpose of these Academy Tournaments is to provide an environment for self-expression, passion and love for the game through our motto of skill, sportsmanship and self-discipline!
Through the desire to compete, hard work, and respect for all, we will always see winners walking away from the tournament whether there is a medal around their neck or not.
Yours in soccer,