Have fun reading these rhyming sports poems and feel free to share them with your family and friends. Since you're a sports enthusiast, I'm sure you'll find a sports related verse here that you'll be able to relate to.
I love to be a Cheerleaderit's hard, but it's fun.We practice in the winter,and the heat of the sun.We practice after school,till way after dark.We have to study hardto get a good mark.We go and get donations,and ask the people to help.To send us to competition,to pride you, and ourselves.All of us girls, we're like sisters I know,We help each other out,when ones feeling low.Cheer leading is in your mind,heart, body and soul.It's hard to explain, but it's trueit's something you live,not something grew.It should come easy,but of course it's not,it's a price you paywhen your reaching for the top.you have to trust your cheerleaderswhen being in a stunt,cause if you hesitate for a secondyou'll end up in a shunt.Cheerleaders have pridein themselves, and in school.but some people are haters,and can even be cruel.They tell us were snobby,stuck up and dumb.but don't be a hater,were just doing our best,to put our school on top, and be #1our coach is the bestand he hates to loose,so he will push us, and push uswhen we're starting to snooze.sometimes we hate him,sometimes were mad.but in truth, he's just beingthe best coach we ever had.he makes us do push ups,sit ups and run,we sweat like dogs,but, really, its fun.we do all this, day after dayto show all of you, that it's not all about play.this is the hardest workthat I've ever done.and once it's overwe'll be number 1.Cheerleaders have, the hardest at schoolcause it's hard to be nice,when someone is so cruel.some of the kids are nice as can be,those are the on esthat get the best out of me.to everyone who's with usget ready to rock,jump on our ban wagon,and lets give them a shock,so come out and cheer with us when you hear a chant,and please don't be shy, and don't say that you can'tcause everyone has spirit, this i knowjust jump right in, and join in the show!!
Dungy Makes Super Bowl Stop to Speak at Athletes in Action BreakfastThey were there for breakfast, and they were there tocheer New York Jets running back Curtis Martin.And it was Martin who received the Athletes in Action Bart Starr AwardSaturday morning, but the hundreds who gathered in fourth-floor ballroomAt the Marriott Renaissance in Detroit, Mich., on the morning before SuperBowl XL were clearly touched by the featured speaker.That speaker was Colts Head Coach Tony Dungy.Two hours into the breakfast, emcee Brent Jones introduced Dungy, whowas welcomed with a lengthy standing ovation. Dungy thanked the crowd,shared an anecdote about Martin, then told the crowd he was going to speakfor about 15 minutes."It's great to be here," Dungy told the crowd, then adding with a laugh,"I just wish I wasn't here in this capacity so many times of being justthat close to being in the game and just being an invited speaker."My goal is to have our team here one day and have a couple of tableswith all of our guys here. Because we have a special group of young men, agreat group of Christian guys. It'd be wonderful to have them here so youcould see their hearts and what they're all about."It hasn't quite happened yet, but we're still hoping one day it will."He told them he was going to talk about lessons he had learned from histhree sons. The crowd fell silent. Then Dungy spoke.And although this was a breakfast - and although at many such eventsspeakers speak over the clinking of glasses and murmurs fromsemi-interested listeners - for most of the 15 minutes the room wassilent except for Dungy's voice.He spoke of his middle son, Eric, who he said shares his competitivenessand who is focused on sports "to where it's almost a problem." He spokeof his youngest son, Jordan, who has a rare congenital condition whichcauses him not to feel pain."He feels things, but he doesn't get the sensation of pain," Dungy said.The lessons learned from Jordan, Tony Dungy said, are many."That sounds like it's good at the beginning, but I promise you it'snot," Dungy said. "We've learned a lot about pain in the last five yearswe've had Jordan. We've learned some hurts are really necessary for kids.Pain is necessary for kids to find out the difference between what's goodand what's harmful."Jordan, Dungy said, loves cookies."Cookies are good," Dungy said, "but in Jordan's mind, if they're goodout on the plate, they're even better in the oven. He will go right in theoven when my wife's not looking, reach in, take the rack out, take the panout, burn his hands and eat the cookies and burn his tongue and never feelit. He doesn't know that's bad for him.""Jordan," Dungy said, "has no fear of anything, so we constantly have towatch him."The lesson learned, Dungy said, is simple."You get the question all the time, 'Why does the Lord allow pain inyour life? Why do bad things happen to good people? If God is a God of love,why does he allow these hurtful things to happen?''' Dungy said. "We'velearned that a lot of times because of that pain, that little temporarypain, you learn what's harmful. You learn to fear the right things."Pain sometimes lets us know we have a condition that needs to behealed. Pain inside sometimes lets us know that spiritually we're not quiteright and we need to be healed and that God will send that healing agentright to the spot."Sometimes, pain is the only way that will turn us as kids back to theFather."Finally, he spoke of James.James Dungy, Tony Dungy's oldest son, died three days before Christmas.As he did while delivering James' eulogy in December, Dungy on Saturdayspoke of him eloquently and steadily, speaking of lessons learned and of thepositives taken from experience."It was tough, and it was very, very painful, but as painful as it was,there were some good things that came out of it," Dungy said.Dungy spoke at the funeral of regretting not hugging James the last timehe saw him, on Thanksgiving of last year."I met a guy the next day after the funeral," Dungy said. "He said, 'Iwas there. I heard you talking. I took off work today. I called my son. Itold him I was taking him to the movies. We're going to spend some time andgo to dinner.' That was a real, real blessing to me."Dungy said he has gotten many letters since James' death relayingsimilar messages."People heard what I said and said, 'Hey, you brought me a little closerto my son,' or, 'You brought me a little closer to my daughter,'" Dungysaid."That is a tremendous blessing."Dungy also said some of James' organs were donated through donorsprograms."We got a letter back two weeks ago that two people had received hiscorneas, and now they can see," Dungy said. "That's been a tremendousblessing."Dungy also said he received a letter from a girl from the family'schurch in Tampa. She had known James for many years, Dungy said. She went tothe funeral because she knew James."When I saw what happened at funeral, and your family and thecelebration and how it was handled, that was the first time I realized therehad to be a God," Dungy said the girl wrote. "I accepted Christ into my lifeand my life's been different since that day."Added Dungy, "That was an awesome blessing, so all of those things kindof made me realize what God's love is all about."Dungy also said he was asked often how he was able to return to theColts so quickly after James' death. James died on December 22, and Dungyreturned to the team one week later. Dungy said the answer was simple."People asked me, 'How did you recover so quickly?"'' Dungy said. "I'mnot totally recovered. I don't know that I ever will be. It's still very,very painful, but I was able to come back because of something one of mygood Christian friends said to me after the funeral."He said, 'You know James accepted Christ into his heart, so you knowhe's in heaven, right?' I said, 'Right, I know that.' He said, 'So, with allyou know about heaven, if you had the power to bring him back now, wouldyou?" When I thought about it, I said, 'No, I wouldn't. I would not wanthim back with what I know about heaven.""That's what helped me through the grieving process. Because of Christ'sspirit in me, I had that confidence that James is there, at peace withthe Lord, and I have the peace of mind in the midst of something that'svery, very painful."That's my prayer today, that everyone in this room would know the samething."
Other children also wrote easily and confidently, about sports, school, friends, pets, nature, likes and dislikes, their families, and what was on their minds. Their poems displayed energy, rhythm, passion, shape, and keen observation.
Sharing poems written by other children sends a clear message: "Kids just like you wrote these poems. You can write poems too." I want to dispel any notions about writing being constrained, hard, or requiring strict conventions. I want students to write with ease and joy, and exposing them to kids' poems is the best way I know to accomplish that goal. Or, as one first-grade teacher put it, "they don't see themselves as poets till they see other children as poets." 2b1af7f3a8