|A few of "The Wingmen."|
The Wingman has your back. The Wingman protects the lead. The Wingman's offers mutual support to teammates on and off the court. The Wingman adds offensive and defensive firepower. The Wingman brings awareness to predictable and unforeseen situations. The Wingman improves the quality of production, and puts the team in a position to use more dynamic tactics.
Ahhh, but when does The Wingman get the credit? Good question.
The Wingman draws satisfaction from the team's performance knowing that their contributions of preparation and presence are the keys to the team's success. Credit doesn't matter, does it?
When the value of The Wingman is publicly recognized, it is well-deserved, but The Wingman knows where to deliver the credit: To teammates. To parents. To those who came before. To the respected opponent (e.g. Churchill). To the blessings of opportunity.
Wootton's Wingmen show up in the practice gym each day. On game day they play on the court and stand ready on the bench and cheer from the stands. They challenge from the opposing side of the net. They schedule the season the summer before, coordinate officials, and compile results. They collect admission at the door, pay the bills and purchase equipment. They officiate. They keep score. They work the concession stand. They shag volleyballs. They photograph. They drive to away matches. And so on.
The Wingmen make volleyball happen at Wootton. To their credit, the team plays another day this season.
Wootton hosts Richard Montgomery in the semifinals on Thursday, May 8 at 5:30 pm.