It’s the subject for tonight’s “On the Mark”. Forget about all the terrific individual performances, and the boxes full of gold medals that were earned this weekend… and let’s talk about the stories.
In three days of competition we watched familiar heroes return to their hometowns to join forces with their old buddies.
There was a soccer player from Senagal. A nine year old archery superstar from Missouri.
A division one male volleyball player from Ball State.
We had several mom and son --- father and daughter --- family participation in events which only added to the good feelings.
Which were echoed by two Topeka basketball playing sisters relishing the rare opportunity to play on the same team.
And… yes… there was a 22 year old horse named Sly who is a family heirloom, having saddled two generations --- who gave us a new twist on the term --- senior Olympian.
What we learned through them is that the games are really a break from the typical pressures involved from high expectations of sports conducted during the school calendar year.
The Sunflower State Games emphasizes participation over performance --- and that’s great for those of us who just want to head to the playground one more time. That’s “On the Mark”.
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