Life’s lessons learned on basketball court | Editor’s note

Ronnie and Freddie Roberson are stars on the Foster basketball court. Their ability goes way beyond putting up a bunch of points on the scoreboard.

I got a lesson in life from the Roberson brothers the other day.

Ronnie and Freddie are stars on the Foster basketball court. Their ability goes way beyond putting up  a bunch of points on the scoreboard.

They are students of the game, which makes them students of life, if we abide by the premise that we are all in this together.

After my interview with them, I decided to build my story around a runaway “dunk” that was important to Ronnie because of the few seconds before it.

Ronnie’s description of that play is lyrical. The cadence is beautiful, the use of  “together” can’t help  but tug at our hearts. And, it was just so spontaneous. Read it on page 6 of today’s Tukwila Reporter.

My lessons from Ronnie:

We’re stronger together than alone. And our accomplishments are much sweeter when we share them with someone we love.

And then there’s Freddie.

Besides taking some brotherly digs as his big brother, he’s also showed a wisdom way beyond his 15 years (although I don’t think I would push around someone inches taller and pounds heavier than me).

It’s my cliche, but there’s no “i” in team. He said it much more eloquently.  My lessons from Freddie: Take more joy in helping your teammates succeed than in boosting your own success.

All of us work on a team: our families, our co-workers and in sports. The 12th Man is a team and certainly the Seahawks are stronger because of them.

I think the Bulldogs went deep into the postseason last season when they heeded Freddie’s advice, even though he wasn’t on the team yet. It’s a lesson that will benefit us all.


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