It's been a challenging week.
Just getting to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in the 2012 Elementary National Championships was much more difficult than expected.
The first plane we boarded had engine trouble (definitely not a good way to start the trip!) We then ended up on another flight and missed our originally scheduled connecting flight and had to de plane in Huntsville Alabama (the people there were great!) and take a 2 hour bus drive into Nashville.
There were 22 of us altogether, 12 players, 3 coaches, 1 principal and 6 awesome teacher chaperones, and after about 12+ hours of continuous travelling we were all REALLY HAPPY to see the hotel.
The tournament began on Friday and after a decent first round where we won 9 games and lost 3, we lost every game the second round. Again - not a good way to start!
However, the team rose to the challenge and by the end of the tournament - we ended up in 2nd place overall in one section (for the 2nd year in a row! ).
We had 3 players win individual trophies for achieving top 10 performances at their first ever national tournament, (6th, 9th and 10th overall) and we placed 15th out 58 teams in the other section we played in and won a (much smaller) trophy there as well.
All in all, a pretty good way to end a rough beginning. I'm REALLY proud of the way the team and staff rolled with the punches and made lemonade of lemons. Everyone was truly great and demonstrated a lot of strong character - especially the players! I can't wait to add the 5 new trophies to the shop - especially the big purple and gold one!
Here is a picture of the team and our "hardware":
ALL SUMMER CAMP PARENTS
THE NEW SUMMER CAMP T-SHIRT!
Dear parents, if you are registered for Summer Camp already - please respond to this email with your child's t- shirt size so we can reserve his or her shirt. One t- shirt is FREE with your camp registration . Additional shirts may be purchased for $15.00.
This year's t-shirt uses the symbolic Laurel Wreath, an Olympic symbol for victory. The wreath was worn by winners and those victorious in Greece during Olympic competition.
Check Out The Other Summer Camp Accessories:
NYC&G Summer Camp Back Pack
NYC&G Summer Camp 2 tone hat
NYC&G Summer Camp Aluminum Water Bottle
NYC& G Drawstring Sling Back Pack
All items can also be ordered with standard design
of NYC&G slogan: Play. Think. Thrive!instead of "Summer Camp 2012". T - Shirt comes in Gold (picture) White and Black (below)
SCHOOL SUMMER VACATION DOTH QUICKLY APPROACHETH!
Please don't forget that you can register per Week for Summer Camp or Single Days or Half Days and use them any way you want! Summer Camp is completely flexible!
Please call if I can help in any way!
It was great to see soooooo many friends, current and former students in Nashville, Tennessee!! I hope everyone had a great tournament and achieved their goals!
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