CLARKSVILLE — From an outside perspective, the group of boys racing one another during Clinton-Massie Elementary School’s recent field day event may not have seemed like a race that presented much of a challenge — especially when you consider that one of the participants relies on a walker with wheels to help him navigate his way in the world.
For these young men, this race would not be won or lost at the finish line. There would be no first-, second- or third-place medals awarded, as this race was not about winning or losing. It was about understanding, accepting, and supporting one another as classmates and friends. It was about crossing the finish line together and high-fiving each other for having finished the race.
As Liam Eades, Jack Elkins, Matthew Petrey, Cayden Smith, Ty Clutter, and Cooper Huddleson made their way down the track, the race was on. It was neck and neck as the runners made their way to the finish line, and while it may have taken Matthew a little more effort and a little more grit to cross that finish line, he remained focused on doing just that.
And, with his buddies Liam, Jack, Cayden, Ty, and Cooper running with him and cheering him on, Matthew crossed that finish line right in step with everyone else.
Most all readers have heard the words, “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose …” and these words have never been truer than when a group of second and third grade boys took to the track determined to race and race they did.
In today’s world of competitive sports, true sportsmanship is sometimes overlooked, even forgotten all together. But it is clear to the Clinton-Massie community that something definitely has been done right in the lives of these young men.
They have not merely learned the lesson about winning and losing, they have lived it. It’s a lesson they will not soon forget.
Information for this story has been provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.