Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Basketball and a Kobe Bryant surprise....


Holden is obsessed with trading cards these days.  He will sit and organize them in his binders, memorize stats and learn everything there is to know about football players.


Well, now that we are in the midst of basketball season and he has moved on to basketball cards.


 {However, he is still trading football cards with friends at school.}  Again, he will learn everything there is to know about certain players, he will check out books at the school library on certain players to learn more and of course, he will watch them play on tv.   Since this is teaching him memorization skills, math skills and history of the game, we do not get onto him too much about this obsession except when I find cards all over the house!  In his room he also has a bulletin board where he has printed off pictures of his favorite players from football, basketball and baseball.


 A couple of months ago when Kobe Bryant announced he was going to be retiring after this season, Holden asked if he could go and see him play.  We looked at the schedule and saw that the Lakers would be playing the Bucks in February.  We looked at tickets and they were a fortune!  Honestly, we thought Holden would forget about it but, he did not.  So after a few phone calls from Kevin's connections at work, he was able to secure 3 seats in the 6th row, center court.  We did not tell the kids immediately, instead we saved it for their Valentine's Day surprise.  They were beyond excited!  I bought both Holden and Rylan Kobe Jerseys for the occasion as well.


Monday night the boys were off to Milwaukee to see one of Kobe Bryant's last games.


I sent Kevin with my camera to document the night.  It was a sold out crowd and as Kevin said it was all about Kobe.  From warm ups to a video montage before the game.

 
 

Game time and these two were excited!!!


They cheered on Kobe and the Lakers throughout the game but did enjoys a few dunks from the Bucks.


Kobe played until the 4th quarter and then he was out icing his shoulder and knees.

 

The next morning I asked Holden what did he think of the game and he said, "Mom, it was totally AMAZING to see him play."  I am so glad it all worked out and Kevin and the boys were able to experience this game together.  I know this will be a huge memory they will remember for years to come.

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