Nash is playing on our local Upward Bound basketball league this year. It's a little bit less competitive than the Girls and Boys Club basketball he played with last year in first grade, and also is Christian based. It just seemed like a better fit for him this year, and he is playing on a team for first and second graders.
With only three practices, and right off Christmas vacation, they had their first game on Saturday. I have a video of them calling the players in, announcing their names before the game, which I will post later. But, drum roll........Nash got at least two baskets, some say three but I didn't see the third, and got the BEST OFFENSE star award for the team. Oh. My. God.
The boys on the team are so awesome. I didn't pass anything out about Down syndrome to the team, as well, now I understand why not many "older" kids parents are on the internet boards lately. It's just getting to be not such a big deal, and no time!
Coach Derek is the best! BigDawg talked to Coach before the practices started and told him that while Nash does have Down syndrome, he understands, can learn the game, and play, and just needs to be shown how it is done, not just told.
So ready to see one of Nash's baskets? Its a little blurry as we haven't figured out how to upload from our video camera yet, but Nash is the player in white shorts passing the ball in-bounds runs down the court, runs back, then gets the ball via rebound pass and dribbles down to the basket and SCORES! You might hear me say "I'm trying" because BigDawg yelled Go Nash! and Nash yells back "I'm trying"! as he is dribbling....oh so funny our guy.