For anyone who tells you sports don't make a difference in a kids life?
Take a look at that picture.
Last fall was Rakes first year playing soccer on the "Big" field and to say it was an adjustment would be an understatement. Much larger field, more defensive players and bigger players all played into a rough year for Rakes. After being one of the better players on the smaller field he spent a lot of games sitting on the bench.
So it made me extremely proud when his coach told me toward the end of this year that he was so glad our team had four legitimate forwards and Rakes was one of them.
This shot was taken right after he scored his first of three goals this season and I'm not sure who was happier, me or him.
But take a look at that kids face and try and tell me games don't matter.
And just to keep him from getting the big head? This was taken a few seconds later.