What does it mean to be a team? It’s essentially the same as being a family; every member of the team is there for one another. Yes, there are fights occasionally, but nothing that we all don’t move past. When one member is in need, all other teammates are there, by their side with their full support.
This is the case for the men’s lacrosse team and the recent drama that has unfolded over the year. On Sunday, the men’s team got together to take a trip to Winooski, Vermont to visit a teammates brother who is being treated with chemotherapy at the moment. This was a really touching event, on that is sure to stay with me for the rest of my life. Matthew DiMasi, the brother of fellow teammate Toliver, is a student at Green Mountain College too, but is tragically battling cancer. It was a team decision to take a day off from practice and visit Matthew, showing all of our support for both him and his family. This affects us all and we are all helping one another cope and deal with this tough time.
One of the best things to do in order to maintain high moral in times like this is to simply be together. We all hope that Matthew and his family will be able to make a trip to one of the team’s games sometime this season and we can dedicate the game to him, showing all of our support and how much we care for him and all those affected.
Hopefully this will definitely not be the least time we take a team trip to visit Matthew because we know just how much it means to him and to every one of us on the team. These situations can be tough, and it is difficult writing about this, but I feel like the best thing to do is to vent, whether it be venting through blogging, to friends, to councilors, or even venting to your pets. These are all healthy methods of dealing with the difficult situation.
I can safely say that this was one of the most touching events I have been a part of and I wish the very best for Matthew, his family, and his friends. This is what being a team is all about to me.