Thursday, February 18, 2016

Upward basketball games

In January both Sanaa and Layla began playing basketball through the Upward program. This is Sanaa's second year participating in Upward and Layla's first year. The first year Sanaa was in Upward she was a cheerleader and not a basketball player. Both girls were a little unsure about playing basketball but after the first practice they came home excited. 

At Layla's first practice she made 9 baskets! She was so proud of herself and it was a huge confidence boost for her. 

I have been very impressed with how hard Sanaa tries. She doesn't get the ball often but she is a good cheerleader for her team! She has made some baskets in practice and works hard to get better at playing.

Layla wanted to give up on basketball before she even had her first practice. But once she started making baskets she began enjoying it! She does get tired and frustrated easily. Layla's team is co-ed while Sanaa's team is only girls. So Layla gets frustrated with some of the boys being taller and faster than her.

The coaches make sure that all the kids get equal playing time and a chance to have the ball. Layla actually told her coach she didn't want the ball but her teammate passed it to her anyway. She dribbled down the court very well.

The best part was when she got to the basket she shot and made it! She was so excited to make a basket in her first game!

Malakai and his friend Ki sharing a foot-long fruit roll-up. They are two silly boys!

Sanaa has done an awesome job of passing in her games. I snapped the picture below and thought it turned out great!

Layla and Ally cheering on Sanaa.

With Nate's work schedule he doesn't get to attend any of the practices or games. He took one Saturday off at the beginning of February and was able to watch the girls play. Layla made a basket in the game he was watching too!

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