The Team Always Includes Me

June 16, 2009

I know we have all heard the term “one-man team.” It usually describes a player who does not want to pass the ball or share his or her success with teammates. In today’s story, the “one-man team is actually a “one-woman team” in the person of Bonnie Richardson. Richardson was a senior at Rochelle High School in the town of Rochelle, Texas. She was also the only member of the girl’s track and field team. At first glance this would seem strange and almost laughable. That is until you realize that Bonnie Richardson has won the Texas Class A Track & Field Team Championship by herself.

No, that was not a typo. Richardson beat 56 other schools single-handedly. Moreover, she has done this two years in a row. She did this by placing no worse than fourth in five individual events. She will attend Texas A&M in the fall; home of the current NCAA National Champions in Men’s and Women’s Track & Field.

Bonnie Richardson’s story is more about strength of character than anything else. It had to be tough to practice alone everyday and to not have the encouragement of teammates. Think about your kids. If Bonnie Richardson can win a state team championship with no teammates, what can your kids do with all the teammates they have? Until next time…

Be a Good Sport!


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