The Joy of a Dog and a Volleyball Player

Everyone should have a dog. Dogs are always so happy to see you when you get home from work. It's like they haven't seen you for a year and " whoa! you're back". They act this way every time you walk in the house. I used to be a college coach. When recruiting one of the traits I looked for in players was that supreme joy of playing. I was looking for that kid who smiles when things are good, is feisty when things are bad and is always one who makes it obvious – “ I just like to play”. Our recruiting showcase is coming up. Two years ago we had a player from the Fort Lauderdale area come to our showcase. We're in NC and it was not a quick drive up. She had lost her left eye when she was five. She was a setter. A setter needs to be able to see the entire court. Two eyes is a must. Or is it? No. She saw the court like she had eyes in the back of her head, on the sides and in the front of her head. We watched her play. It was obvious. She loved to play. Tonight I thought about her as I was walking Bailey Jackson Britton (our CEO's dog) around the campus of UNCG. They both have such joy in playing. See Emily Pickett of Coral Gables High School, the player with one eye, being interviewed by FOX 8 Sports.
November 12, 2014 by MARIA BYARS
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