He is on the middle school team of Cambridge Christian School here in Tampa and a proud member of the Lancer’s football team.
My son Sergey is an amazing, natural athlete and he plays every single play from the kickoff (he is the kicker), through to every offensive and defensive play in the game.
In many ways, Sergey is like an entrepreneur. He does it ALL. Whatever the coaches need. But he doesn’t do it alone. He is surrounded by a team.
When Sergey gets ready to kickoff the ball, the first thing he does (after setting the ball and marking off his steps) is to shout out to his teammates to make sure they are ready. They then run with him as he sends the ball over to the other team to receive the ball.
The success lesson here is to make sure you are prepared and on your own “game” and then let everyone else know what you need from them and when you need it. Don’t expect them to be mind readers.
Fortunately for him, the quarterback is one of his best friends and our next door neighbor. He and Justin have been playing football in the neighborhood since they were old enough to walk. They know each other so well, that they can anticipate each other’s plays.
The success lesson here is to surround yourself with those that you know and trust. Business is a team sport and finding the right business partners is important.
As you can see in this picture, taken after yesterday’s game, Justin (#5) is on the injured reserve list. So their buddy Garrett (#9) stepped in as QB. I have to admit that Sergey (#2) was a little concerned about Justin being out, but what ended up transpiring in yesterday’s game really showed what a team can do. Our Cambridge Lancers were up against enormous players from Trinity. One of their linebackers weighed nearly 290 lbs. The team looked formidable.
First is that in my mind, the real hero of the game was Noah Froelich. Love this picture of Coach Shears with him. Noah is in 6th grade, but is a starter. Noah has the distinction of being the third born of four boys. His two older brothers are amazing football players. Zach is on the varsity team. His brother Justin is the one with the broken thumb. The older boys and Sergey have played football whenever they could since they were little. Noah of course, jumped in as soon as he was old enough to hold his own and even Shane, who is in 4th grade gets out there with them now.
Having been the third child myself, I know it is tough to battle the success of your older siblings and to live in their shadow. But what happened yesterday is that Noah caught an amazing interception during the game and set himself apart as someone other than Zach and Justin’s little brother. It was a decisive play, as the other team was dangerously close to scoring and it would have been very tough to come back to win at that point. Seeing Noah’s face was priceless.
Don’t forget to thank those that help you achieve your own goals. And when it is your turn to block and tackle for them, do it with everything that is in you.
So one last lesson – take time away from work and go see your kids games, concerts, recitals, etc. Life is too short not to learn the lessons from every day life. And bonding with our kids begins with being involved in their lives.