Our friend Art is the coach. After several initial wins, the team has experienced several weeks in a row of losing by just a few points after down-to-the-last-shot games. I see this as a real growth opportunity. Some students need to work on issues of character- namely, lack of self-discipline, lack of toughness, and just plain laziness. When they talk about losing, it seems like they are thinking about things in a new way, or getting a fire to work harder.
The day after family sports day at Quisqueya, Ben and I went to watch a different kind of basketball game. There is an adult men's league in Haiti where all the teams are sponsored by corporations- the biggest in Haiti. There is a Digicel team and a Voila team (the two largest cell phone companies), a Mache Ti Tony (major rice wholesaler) team, Sogebank (big Haitian bank) team, and then a team for Cola Couronne, which produces an orange "fruit champagne" soft drink that is really popular in Haiti.
Art is the coach for the Couronne corporate team, and we went to watch a game in a new part of the city. How beautiful is the view at this court, right at the foot of the mountain?
Several big events coming up for us. Next week we will take the seniors on part one of their class trip, which will be a service weekend working with the Wesleyan Church on La Gonave, a small island in the bay of Haiti that is much more like rural Haiti in many ways (for instance, it is more conservative- all women are expected to wear long skirts instead of pants). The next week, we'll chaperone the second part, which is driving over the border to the DR. After that, we're chaperoning a school dance, writing and grading final exams, then graduation. And oh yeah, I'm directing a school play. It's about the Trojan War. We start rehearsing on Tuesday.