How to Honor Your Graduating Softball, Baseball, or Football Player

Graduation time can bring up a lot of strong feelings for parents: pride, excitement, anxiety, joy, and many more. Like the narrator in Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! parents want to tell their children, “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off the Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”

Parents of young athletes often feel these emotions and even more. Many times graduation signals the end of a sports career. Not all high school athletes go on to play in college and not all college athletes will play after finishing their degrees. A lot of memories will never be made again. Passions will be redirected. A new phase will begin. So how can you honor all the hard work your student has done, both in the classroom and on the field or court? Try one of these great ideas:

1)      Scrapbook or video slideshow. Consider assembling a scrapbook of memorable moments in your child’s sports career. Or, if you have the materials or the budget to hire a videographer, put together a video slideshow that combines video and pictures.  Don’t forget to include moments from the pee-wee years all the way through varsity!

2)      Autograph boards. Take some time to get the team players, coaches, and other mentors to sign the matting around a team photo or an 8×10 piece of canvas that can later be framed. You might be tempted to make this poster size, but if you keep it small and simple it will be easy for your graduate to take with them as they move forward in their life.

3)      Shadowbox. A shadowbox is another great option for making memories portable and display-friendly.  Take a couple of Sports Roses that coordinate with your graduate’s favorite sports, some medals, a couple pictures, and other memorabilia and arrange it artfully in the glass-covered box. Not only will it be a beautiful item to display it will also keep those treasured memories free from dust and protected from corrosive sunlight.

4)      A memory bouquet. Another great option for female sports players is to buy a set of six or twelve Sports Roses and have their friends and coaches write words of advice and love on small ribbons that can be tied at the very base of the flower. Not only does it remind them of how far they’ve come, it makes a beautiful addition to any room.

How have you honored your sporty graduate?

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