What's the best way for kids to be positively influenced? Who are their role models?

Last Friday, my family and I watched the SCH Girls Soccer team host the then ranked Germantown Academy Patriots. It was a thrilling game that SCH won 4-3. It was SCH's first win against GA in some time. All four goals scored for SCH by Junior Emily McNesby, who also plays basketball at SCH and has verbally committed to The University of Tennessee to play soccer. The SCH goal keeper made some amazing saves towards the end of the game to seal the victory.

One day later, our daughter Finley played her second official game for the U-8 Springfield Supernovas. Week one, Finley played half of the game as goalkeeper. After telling me that she didn't want to play goalie, she asked me on the way if I thought she could score a goal. I listened, thought for the right words to say, and said if you think you can score a goal then I definitely think you can score a goal. Before we opened our doors to the field, out came the words of my mom that she shared almost before every game, I said, "Go have some fun."

Four minutes into the second half, and down three to zero, Finley found herself in the right place at the right time in from of the net... GOAAAAALLL! She turned over to look at her little brother and me. I had the video rolling. What a thrill... I can only imagine how Finley felt.

As I reflected, as my father almost always did, I thought about SCH Girls Team, and Em who spent some time with Finley after Friday's game. I thought immediately of the influence that Emily had on Finley, and the bond they shared from last year's basketball season.

As I think about what lies around the bend, my wife and I will continue to search for more positive influences for our children.