Oct. 26, 2010
Junior guard Angela Puleo is writing a season-long blog for VUCommodores.com. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Puleo is in her first year playing with the Commodores after having to sit out last year due to NCAA transfer rules.
Another week of practice is gone which means we are a week closer to our opening exhibition game vs. Delta State on November 4. I cannot believe time has gone by so quickly. I know many people say the older you get, the faster time flies and I am finally starting to believe it! We did some really exciting stuff this week. We were part of the fire extinguisher crew as the football players ran out of the tunnel on Saturday for homecoming but even more fun was the fact that we were able to work the Buddy Walk on Saturday morning.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Buddy Walk, it is a walk for kids with Down syndrome. Even though we had to get up a bit early in order to work the event, it was more than worth it. Some of us walked, passed out programs, and signed posters while others were in charge of face painting. I was not one of the face painters because there is no doubt the kids would have been disappointed with my art work ... not one of my talents.
The most rewarding part of the day was when we went to the finish line to hand out medals to the walkers as they crossed the line. As each participant finished, their parents were there with a look of pride on their faces, applauding and taking pictures of them receiving their prized medal. Sometimes we get so caught up in the fast and hectic pace of our lives that we fail to notice the little blessings that happen each day. For these kids and their parents, they will remember the Buddy Walk and the happiness it brought them, but for those of us who were there to share with them, it will stay with us forever.
As the season inches closer I am appreciating my teammates and coaches hard work even more and know that if we stay the course, we can achieve great things. I challenge each of you, just like those of us who participated in the Buddy Walk, to enjoy the little joys that each day brings you.