Monday, January 6, 2020
Basketball Season, Inclusion and More
But it has been a lot of work getting here. Sometimes when we get to practice, he is ready to go and he cooperates and listens so he can learn with his teammates. Other times hes is not. This last practice we were late getting to the gym, and just missed out on the team running laps - something he adamantly refuses to do anyway. But somehow that messed up his entire practice. His amazing Coach kept trying to encourage him to engage, but for some reason he refused and just dribbled on the sideline or shot toward the wall. Finally about half way through he jumped in and did pretty good from there on out. But it is not always easy. It made me wonder what it is like for him at school when he arrives in a classroom after the rest of his classmates. Does he have trouble engaging? I know they purposely have him go in late for band. Is this helping or causing more problems?
Sometimes seeing him in other settings gives me light bulb ideas on why things are occurring at school. A similar thing happened this summer at Harrison Phillips #playmakers football camp. (which by the way was beyond amazing) Ben would not engage with the other kids but would only sit and watch, and only when they left would he get up and try the activity himself. Was doing it with the other kids around too stressful? I don't think so. I have seen him play basketball in front of an entire crowd of people. He loves being cheered on. Or, more likely, is that what was happens to him at school? Does he only get to try things only after all the other kids are done? I don't know for sure, but I put my money on the latter.
Basketball is his happy place. The gym is not doubt, thanks to fantastic and patient coaches, the most inclusive place in his life. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped him get to where he is today. I asked him the other day who his favorite basketball player was -thinking he would say his older brother. Without a beat he said Coach Dan. You know what Ben? He is one of my favorites too!