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One Moment, Please... Never give up


Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

All around us we can find inspiring individuals who encourage us to find our passions in life and never give up.

With Team U.S.A. taking center stage in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, proudly limping away with a 2-1 victory over Ghana -- America’s nemesis from past World Cup battles on the soccer field -- we will see inspiring individuals along the way.

While all of these soccer players are incredibly talented and athletically gifted, it is their passion, resilience and teamwork that will set them apart from their competitors. In the days and weeks ahead, as the game clock ticks and the brackets unravel on the biggest stage on earth, we will see the best of the best until there is only one team left standing.

While I wouldn’t dare attempt to hold a candle to the handcrafted sports musings of our own talented Mr. Trende, I do have a viewpoint that I think touches on sports, and how it relates to our communities and our lives.

On the evening of Wednesday, June 11, 2014, I was contacted by a family friend who was escorting the Falcons Girls Golf team from the Minnesota State Tournament back to the Fountain, Preston and Harmony areas (Falcon territory). Since the Falcon Girls Golf team had finished third in the Minnesota State Tournament, they were checking to see if the local fire departments in Fountain, Preston and Harmony would be interested in providing a welcoming escort led by each respective fire department.

It worked out well with my schedule, and I stayed in touch with Josh Ristau (Preston Fire Department) and Bill Hanlon (Harmony Fire Department) -- so all of us could work together to provide a contiguous lighted procession.

It was an honor for me to be a part of that experience, and I’m sure Josh and Bill felt the same way. It was a way for us to show our respect for their accomplishment, not just individually but as a community.

This is one of those experiences that you wouldn’t see in larger communities like Rochester, and this is something we should cherish as a representation of the authenticity of our area.

In general, this year has been a year of celebrations for our young athletes in schools throughout the county. And, our own Paul Trende has had an exciting year of sports coverage. As a matter of fact, we may never see another year like this.

I considered making a list of all of the accomplishments in areas like volleyball, football, wrestling, basketball, softball, baseball, and track and field, but I feared I would leave someone out. Paul Trende always has that angle covered, so I’ll stay in my own realm of expertise. You can check out tribute pages and sports coverage in today’s Fillmore County Journal for the full scoop.

The significance of these accomplishments by our young athletes is my primary focus.

These students of life are demonstrating that which we vicariously long for from our days of yesteryear. As we get older, well beyond our prime, it’s inspiring to see young people find a passion for something and never give up.

The ability to be at the top of your game in any sport will eventually fade, but the lessons learned from those experiences can easily flow over into other parts of a person’s life.

Whatever we love to do, we should do our very best. That’s what I think when I see these athletes rise to the occasion. They make us proud, while also providing inspiration.

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