December 16, 2009

Mothers are Optimists

I recently saw The Blind Side, the movie depicting the true story of Michael Oher, football star for the University of Mississippi  and first-round draft pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.  The movie is a must-see, even for lackluster football fans like me. 

The story was full of compassion, kindness, ability, and circumstance and the unrelenting drive and determination of Leigh Anne Touhey, the mother that took in a homeless young man and gave him not only a place to sleep, but a family and a career. 

That drive gave me a new appreciation of those mothers we label as soccer moms and inspired me go back and find the picture that I am sharing with you today.  The Optimist Club of Marco Island, Florida is a sports club and the two ladies shown here are credited with starting two new programs for kids this year. On the left is Kim Burke, Optimist Soccer League president and on the right, Diane Trzyna, basketball president. 



The Marco Island Optimist Club presented them with framed jerseys in appreciation.  I want to recognize their accomplishments by saying thank you to Kim, Diane and all the mothers out there that make sure their children have the opportunity to play sports, excel in school, practice a musical instrument or carry on a hobby.  You are true Optimists. 
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