Occasionally life throws us something ugly. We have the option to embrace and grow the ugliness, or we can reject it quickly and use it as a teachable moment to snatch the joy of victory from the agony of defeat.
This was the choice facing the Issaquah High School and Garfield High School basketball teams Friday night as they faced each other in the state semifinals, following racial slurs and epithets from a few idiots connected to Issaquah [“Issaquah, Garfield working to ensure safe environment after racially-charged social media messages,” High School Sports, March 6]. On Friday night, Garfield won the basketball game but both teams were victorious because they chose to turn an ugly incident into a teachable moment.
Both teams and both schools were victorious because the racial incident that threatened to divide them was not about basketball, but about life. In basketball and in life, there are fouls and there are retaliation fouls.
I applaud Issaquah for calling the foul on themselves and taking swift action against the misguided individuals once it was brought to their attention. I applaud Garfield for remarkable poise, dignity and honor for not making a retaliation foul. I applaud the athletes from both schools for remaining above the fray and setting a perfect example of true sportsmanship.
Mack L. Hogans, Bellevue