The Ohio Cup

I’m constantly amazed by the level of activity that happens within Worthington Schools 7 days a week. This weekend Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne co-hosted “The Ohio Cup.” The Ohio Cup is a  water polo tournament for teams from around the MidWest. 17 boys teams traveled to Worthington to participate while 13 girls teams were involved. There were three pools being utilized at any one time.

Three pools!  That means in addition to the indoor pool, there were two outdoor pools being utilized.  Sunday morning in Worthington dawned with fall temperatures and thus as the second day of the tournament kick-ed off, the air temperature was in the low 50’s.  These water polo kids are hard core.  Renovations have closed the indoor pool for the first month of their season and they have been practicing in the morning before school. Outside.  Yep, you read that correctly.  Outside.

Daily I am impressed with our kids.  Imagine being 16 years old and wired to stay up late, and to sleep in.  But instead of sleeping until the last moment before school, you get up every morning before the sun rises to begin the day by practicing water polo, without a wet suit, in a cold pool.   That’s dedication.

Events like this weekend’s Ohio Cup are the pay-off for the dedication.  There’s not a lot of glory in Water Polo, but there is great satisfaction in competing with good friends, challenging yourself against the best competition in the State of Ohio, and defending your home pools.

Our Boys and Girls teams from both high schools were in action all weekend.  Their parents volunteered and made certain the event went off without a hitch.  I’m proud to work in a school district that has options for kids to follow their passions.  Water Polo is just such an option.

Go Cards!  Go Wolves!

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