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Topic: BOYCOTT (11/01/18)
- TITLE: From Pom Poms to Pigskin
By Donna Powers
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Everyone can tell Charlie and I are identical twins. But what some don’t know is: ever since we were little kids, we’ve not only liked the same things; but we’ve done almost everything together.
When I was in grade school, I was terrible at math. Luckily, Charlie was a math whiz. He worked with me every day after school until I understood the basics.
Once we got to high school, Charlie joined the football team, while I cheered the team on with the cheerleading squad. But, although I easily figured out the cheers pretty quickly, Charlie realized he wasn’t that great a football player. He had school spirit and everyone liked him, but he wasn’t that skilled on the field.
I decided to help him – just as he’d helped me. Charlie started staying after practice, and I stayed with him. It seemed like the right thing to do. I’d watched enough football games to figure out the basic moves, so I began helping him practice. It’s not like I really liked playing football, but Charlie needed my help. After a while, Charlie got really good at kicking field goals.
As everyone knows, this year our football team is headed for the State Championship. Now, some football teams are superstitious – and ours is no exception. They’d tell anyone who asked they had two good luck charms: Charlie’s kicking and our cheerleading squad.
I was the head cheerleader, and I’m proud to say I encouraged the squad to really put their all into the cheers this season. I wanted to show the team we’re really proud of them. I think we were all just as invested in this championship as the guys.
So, when Charlie broke his leg during one of the games, we were all upset by the loss. Charlie’s kicking and his school spirit had been part of the reason the football team worked so well together. Everyone knew playing without Charlie would make the championship games much harder.
I felt like I had to do something. If Charlie couldn’t play, I figured there was a way to give them the next best thing to Charlie. So, I decided to join the football team and take Charlie’s place.
The girls on the cheerleading squad were surprised and upset, at first. But they all knew once I’d made my mind up, they’d be better off supporting me. I asked them to come with me when I told the football coach – and to go along with whatever I said. As usual, they agreed.
At first, Coach Adams wouldn’t allow it. He snarled, “Ain’t no girl gonna play on my team. I don’t care whose sister you are.”
Well, Coach Adams didn’t know me; if he thought that’d stop me. I answered, “Listen, Coach, there’s no rule against it.”
Coach Adams said there should be. Plus, he said I should “stay on the Pom Pom Squad, where you belong.”
I told him, “I’ve already quit the cheerleading squad - and the rest of the squad won’t cheer either; if I’m not on the field. “
Well, that was the first they’d heard of that part of the story – but they all quickly agreed. So, when the guys asked if that was true, all the cheerleaders shook their head “yes.” The team didn’t like that one bit. They reminded Coach of how – without Charlie – the cheerleaders were their one remaining Good Luck Charm.
Coach couldn’t believe we meant it. “You mean you gals are gonna boycott the football games?”
I was firm. “Yes we are. But since we’re all girls, we’ll call it a “girl-cott.”
Well, the team made such a fuss, so Coach finally agreed to give me a try-out. And I showed him I’m as good a field goal kicker- or maybe even better – than Charlie is.
So, it’s true. Tonight we’ll be playing the State Championship, and I’ll be the team’s field goal kicker – and you can bet Charlie will be sitting in the audience; cheering for us.
I don’t know why everyone is so surprised. After all, I believe God has a purpose in whatever we do – so there must have been a reason I spent all that time practicing with Charlie. Maybe God was getting me ready for this game. Either way, I trust Him to see how it all works out. Either way: let’s go, team!
Esther 4:14 “And who knows but that you have come (here) for such a time as this?"
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