In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Still Ballin in Taiwan
They ask every day... these kids, they literally ask me every day for more sports... I try to give it to them... I've asked the school for intramural programs, to schedule games with other schools, to have exhibitions... even a teacher vs. student game...but to no avail.
But one sign of encouragement... there's a new administrator downstairs and for the first time in three yeas, I can see a sign of light... a dodge ball tournament. Yeah... I know, dodge ball is the "Ultimate Game of Destruction and Degradation" but it's a start... to watch these young boys diving and leaping and working together... it's really inspiring. The players actually sweat. For many of them, it is the first physical activity they've had in an academic environment in their entire lives. I know, the strangeness of that is hard to accept. But as a teacher who has been advocating for a sports program... any kind of sports program... to see this tournament is really refreshing.
So I will continue to meet kids before and after school. Sometimes we play soccer down on the astro-turf field, sometimes we just have pick up games on the little court, but no matter what... I'm still playing... still showing these kids I've still got it... a little of it... and that they can have it too.