This year I became aware of a very special NCAA player by the name of Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss. Not only he is a talented basketball player, with hustle and heart with talent, but he also has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD a trait that I have firsthand knowledge of as it relates to my own children.
Marshall Henderson is a great example of the reality that having "special needs" is nothing more than pointing out that each child, and/or person, is in fact unique and...special.
Basketball has always been a part of my life from an early age. There is much one can learn about life through the game/sport of basketball. Teamwork. Hustle, Intelligence. Honing skills. Strategy. Physical conditioning. Basketball is one of the few sports where there truly is a place...for everyone. Whether one is talented at making long shots, passing, defender, free throws, rebounding, dribbling, etc. they can be an asset on the court...and off.
Today I watched Marshall Henderson play in the NCAA SEC Championship and I not only enjoyed watching him but I couldn't help but think of my son who not only resembles Marshall Henderson but is (including but not limited to); talented, passionate, strong, athletic, good hearted, etc.
I have always believed that each child is a blessing from God. I pray often for my own children and those around the world whose faces I will never see but whose talents are nonetheless ordained and should be encouraged, supported, and accepted.
I love, think of, and miss each of my children no matter how far away or how old they become. I am proud of each of them...and always will be. Regardless of the paths they take in life, on the court or off, I just want them to follow their heart - put their faith in God - use the gifts they have - work hard - help others - and most of all to seek a balance in life in all that they do.
To close, basketball as in life is not just the sum of the "ending score" but the lessons learned along the way. I am living proof that even at an age of 50 that we can still learn. Can still appreciate. And most of all can acknowledge those who we love and those we (as is the case with Marshall Henderson with a shout out to his parents/loved ones/family for making him the man he is) we will never meet.
Take care and may God bless you.
Here is a great video featuring Marshall Henderson (thanks YouTube) that you just need to "click on" watch.
Marshall Henderson of Ole Miss