John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

John, Sara Beth, Callum, Haley, Kobe, and Samuel

Sunday, February 13, 2011

For the Love of Basketball

Kobe has always loved basketball. He says it is his favorite thing in the world! Before he could even walk, he used to ride in the shopping cart at the grocery store and point to the oranges in the produce section shouting, "Ball! Ball!". Once he learned to walk, he went straight to a basketball and then he quickly taught himself to dribble the ball and practiced on his own to learn how to shoot the ball. He has played since he was three. He began at the YMCA in Florence and then when he turned five he began playing in Muscle Shoals at the Recreation Center. He looks forward to basketball season every single year and always enjoys attending basketball camp every summer.  He won the free throw contest at this past basketball camp and he was proud of himself and I was proud of him too! He has really enjoyed the season this year. I think it had a little something to do with the fact that his best friend, EJ, was on the team. They played so well together and had such a great time. I am proud of both of them. He had his last game this past Saturday and afterwards was the end of season party. The party started off right, the trophies were handed out first. Kobe LOVES trophies. He loves getting them. He has them displayed in his room and truly looks at them and moves them around often. After they received their trophies, they ate pizza and cupcakes and just hung out and talked with each other. Since Valentine's Day was only a couple of days away, I decided that one of his gifts would be to go to a basketball game. We normally go to see the Harlem Globetrotters each year but this year they haven't made their way around to our area. Kobe looks forward to it and knows that it comes around this time of year most years and has been asking me about it for a few weeks. A local non-profit organization was holding a charity basketball game with the Harlem Ambassadors for a fundraiser. I invited his best buddy, EJ, and his mom to come and we all had such a great time. It was fun and they really enjoyed it, they also ended the night by getting a basketball to take home as a souvenir. I am glad we were able to all go and enjoy that time together. Kobe said it was the best weekend ever... and yes, you guessed it, because it was full of basketball!

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