On behalf of many proud parents of a group of fine young men, a great big congratulations on a fantastic season and an awesome win of the Region Championship goes to Coach Brett Chalker and the Thomson Middle School Baseball Team. On Saturday, April 17, 2004, many of us got to witness a group of young men play their hearts out to win a region championship in baseball.
Under the guidance of a man that was respected by each player, we saw a team pull together and win, what seemed like, in their young minds, a world series. This is a team that was coached by a man that had to look up to many of his players as they towered over him.
Short in stature but huge in the eyes of each player, Coach Brett gained the respect from every player on his team. Coach Brett rarely spoke above a whisper; he never yelled or belittled any player; he didn't argue many calls; he was just a low key person that respected his team, and in return he gained their respect. Each player knew immediately when he made a bad throw, struck out, or simply missed a sign, that they had disappointed not only themselves, their team, but mostly Coach Brett, and even though he did not make a big scene over these mistakes the players knew that they had to get themselves together and play even harder so that the mistake would not happen again. All of these things were exemplified all during the season and the results were extraordinary on Saturday.
McDuffie County should be commended for hiring such an outstanding teacher, coach, and leader as Coach Brett. After watching the coach from one of the opposing teams, it made many of us realize what a jewel we have right here in our own ball park. As a parent it is hard to watch a child get tore down and all confidence get destroyed by a man that has the ability to build confidence and respect in a young person. This was demonstrated by the opposing coach on Saturday as he tore down this players in front of not only their fans, but in front of three other teams.
It is hard enough to raise a child to become self confident and to keep them out of trouble, and sports is a great way to help them develop into young men, and may of us parents feel that Coach Brett has had a big hand in teaching these boy's some of those values.
Thank you again Coach Brett for your time, your passion for baseball and for your attitude of respect for each child on your baseball team.