A few months ago Jenny and I signed the boys up for a 3 day track camp that would be taught by the UNC track coaches along with help from several team members. Neither of us thought that Neil and Evan would suddenly be transformed into 8 year old track stars, but rather our hope was that they would be inspired by being part of that setting. After three days of hard work, my kids blew me and my expectations away.
I had assumed that there would be a wide range of ages represented at the camp (the reality was a bit different). After Neil and Evan, all but one of the campers were in high school. Initially I was concerned; however it turned out to be a huge advantage. A coach or track team member was CONSTANTLYgiving the boys one-on-one help and encouragement.
With Father’s Day as a backdrop, I can honestly say that I have NEVER had a better parenting moment (or moments) than watching my kids in this environment. This isn’t to say that they were or became gifted athletes, but instead their attitude and enthusiasm were absolutely infectious. The love and genuine appreciation that was shown by the coaches, team members, and other campers toward Neil and Evan was powerful and palpable. When I thanked one of the coaches for the special attention he gave the boys, he remarked, “Are you kidding – they made the camp.”