I don't know if you can teach earnest. I've watched their coach for years and he is certainly demanding of full effort. They drill, and drill, and drill. It is basketball at its most fundamental best. These are 12 and 13 year old girls who don't shy away from any hard thing their coach asks them to do...and he asks, every day. If anyone could teach earnest, I'd say he could. Even so, it's more along the lines of him drawing it out than teaching it... which of course is an art in and of itself.
Effort, desire, earnest hard work... some might think these qualities are in short supply in "kids these days." But I get to see it every day. I walked through the gym today and they were playing a game, the score was 19-2 when I arrived. Every one of the girls on the court was hustling hard, hands and feet and legs flying everywhere. The other team tried to drive into the key and landed in a trap. The ball got tipped away, a quick pass to the point guard followed by three long legged dribbles and a hard pass to a girl sprinting from the left side led to a layup in about four seconds. The whole bench exploded in applause. It was awesome!
Similar scenarios happened over and over again, no matter who was in the game. And the same look was on all of their faces. That pure, earnest, desire, love of the game, and effort on the poster expression that is so captivating to me. It is sport at its best in my opinion, and I'm very thankful I get to watch. "
Also, a BIG THANK YOU to Stewart Uy, who came out to take pictures at three of the girls' games! To view more of his great photogrpahy skills, you can visit his website here: http://www.s2cphotography.com/