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The Importance of Presence

The Importance of Presence

Next week I have been given the opportunity to present on athletics at Bishop Lynch at the National Catholic Educational Association conference that will be held in Irving. While preparing for this presentation I have spent time reflecting on the topic of presence and how that exists within Friar athletics today. The best part of my role as director of athletics at Bishop Lynch is having the privilege of being present to celebrate the successes of our Friar student-athletes and coaches. The Friars have shown great success so far in the 2022-23 school year. Five of our varsity programs have finished their seasons as the TAPPS 6A state runner-up and our men's wrestling program earned their second straight TAPPS wrestling state championship. To date, 30 student-athletes have earned the distinction of TAPPS Academic-All State, and nearly 20 Friars in the Class of 2023 will continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level. With the abundance of successes BL athletics achieves throughout the year comes many challenges and opportunities for growth we experience daily as well. While reflecting on presence, I was reminded of the Gospel of John when Jesus feeds the 5,000. I think of the young boy who stood by Jesus and the hungry 5,000 people with just five small loaves of bread and two fish. He had to have been thinking, "how is this possibly going to work, there is no way we can feed 5,000 people, this is just not enough!" These are similar thoughts our student-athletes carry every day. A big test they might feel ill-prepared for, or the fear of failure at a big competition. It is important for us to model to our student-athletes that simply being present in the face of uncertainty is enough! We are all called to give what we have each day and trust that the Lord will take care of the rest - precisely what happened when Jesus fed the 5,000 with the five loaves and two fish. The young boy was present with his seemingly insufficient assets, and the Lord took care of the rest. Celebrating our student-athletes for being present is important, and being present for them during their time as Friars is a true blessing. Go Friars! Allie Tennyson is the director of athletics for Bishop Lynch High School.