Good Luck Storm Dance Alliance And PONY Thunder

by derek on June 26, 2009 · 35 comments

Storm Dance Alliance and PONY Thunder

It has been a long year of hard work for both of my kids in pursuing their passions, but they are each about to pursue the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

PONY Thunder

The passion that drives my oldest son is baseball and his pot of gold is the PONY baseball playoffs, which will begin this weekend. His team, modeled after the Trenton Thunder Minor League Baseball team, will be ranked as either the #2 or #3 seed depending on the outcome of the final game on Saturday.
Throughout the season, he has been a fixture behind the plate as one of the few kids that enjoy playing catcher. With a fair share of foul balls off of the mask and chest pad, and even an errant bat off of the elbow (ouch!), all of the hard work and pain is about to be forgotten as these kids enter the post-season.
As a dad, I have had the pleasure of numerous proud moments on the baseball field this season – including when he hit his first triple and throwing out two baserunners, one at third base and one at first that had taken a large lead.
But what I am most proud about is how he has worked hard on and off the field to improve his skills, supported his teammates throughout the season, and had fun.
Good luck in the playoffs Thunder!

Storm Dance Alliance

After trying baseball and coming away unimpressed, my youngest son found his passion in the dance studio as a member of the Storm Dance Alliance Hip-Hop Company. This coming week he will be in hot pursuit of his pot of gold in the form of the National Finals Dance Competition being held in the Wisconsin Dells.
The schedule has been grueling with more than a few 10-12 hour days at the dance studio and having to miss out on fun with his friends for extra practice sessions. All of the previous practices and competitions have provided the opportunity to fine-tune each dance in preparation for this moment, as he is now about to step out on the largest stage.
The dance studio has provided me just as many proud moments as a dad, whether it be his insanely long handstands or his latest trick of doing a headstand and pushing himself up into a handstand (go ahead and try it, it will humble you).
What makes me the most proud though is how he has overcome the fear of stepping out on a stage in front of hundreds of people to perform, ignoring the criticism from friends, and having fun doing something he loves.
Good luck at Nationals Storm!

The one bad thing…

As the kids embark on this journey to the pinnacle of their respective passion, the one bad thing is that the PONY playoffs and National Finals are scheduled for the exact same week.
That means a divided family between the baseball fields and the dance stage, so I am sure the text messages will be flying back and forth as we keep each other updated. Fortunately we both have nice new phones, otherwise we would have had to take a stab at winning Steve’s free iPhone 3GS contest (now how is that for a contest plug Steve?).
JB and G*Slick, I am extremely proud of you both!
(And no, we could not have planned it any better if we tried to have one son at Storm dance and the other on Thunder baseball. LoL!)

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Brewster June 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Best of luck to both of your sons. I’m really looking forward to seeing what passions my son or daughter will have.

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:40 am

Thanks! It is certainly interesting as a parent to see what drives your children and then do everything you can to foster that interest and help them do their best.

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james parker July 30, 2009 at 4:12 am

you’re a good dad. all the best

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Kelvin Kao June 26, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Ah, very nice. Glad to see major progress on both!
.-= Kelvin Kao´s last blog ..Just Saw Myself On TV =-.

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:41 am

Thanks Kelvin! It has been an exciting couple of weeks for sure.

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Terry@ Cheap Scrubs June 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm

Best of luck to both your sons. They grow up so fast don’t they?
It’s always good to see someone taking his time to support their kids in whatever field they want to excel in.
Go JB and G*Slick, make your dad proud. 😀

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

Thanks Terry! The fact that both of my boys worked so hard and tried their best already made me extremely proud; the fact that they both performed so well was icing on the cake.

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Mike@background check July 1, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Wow. This post made me miss baseball so much.
Best of luck to both your sons!

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

Thanks Mike!

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Jeremy Craven July 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Best of luck to both your sons.

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:43 am

Thanks Jeremy!

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Damien July 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm

Cool team logos. Hopefully you’ll have them saved in 10 years when they write a blog of memories.
.-= Damien´s last blog ..Blog Stats June 2009 =-.

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:45 am

It will be interesting to see how they capture and share their memories down the road, but I do hope that my capturing them here will offer them a place to look back to at some point.

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Steve@Free iPods July 8, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Good luck kids…..kinda reminds me of Billy Elliot!

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:46 am

Thanks Steve!

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derek July 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

Update: Last night JB and his team won the PONY league championship, knocking off the top playoff seed 13-7! It was a fantastic game and the entire team played well, as they had done in winning their last 10 games in a row. Congrats to the Thunder!
The previous week, G-Slick cleaned up at the dance competition with a 1st overall (out of 800+ dances) and two 4th place overall finishes. These kids worked so hard all year and to see them kill it on the big stage was unbelievable. Congrats Storm!

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Steve@Free iPods July 16, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Fantastic work guys, must be sooooo proud!

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derek July 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I’ll pass it along to them, and yes I am extremely proud of them.
Today we had a nice little surprise of seeing both boys pictured in the local newspaper for their respective team / studio doing so well in competition.
And this Saturday G*Slick gets to perform one of his dances at a Special Olympics charity event in a nearby town, so that will be fun too.

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Infiniti Dealer Los Angeles July 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

What kind of dance does your son do?

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derek July 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm

He is primarily been doing hip-hop dance, although he has also taken jazz and tried tap but didn’t click with his teacher.

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Internet Strategist @GrowMap July 13, 2009 at 10:36 am

Congratulations to both of your sons. They are very fortunate to have a Dad who appreciates and supports them regardless of their interests. So many push their kids to excel at whatever THEY want them to do instead of letting them follow their own dreams.
.-= Internet Strategist @GrowMap´s last blog ..How Much Is A Memorable Logo Worth? =-.

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Dave Brown July 14, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Not to leave a completely random comment or anything, but has your blog been down for a while or something, the last few days i was trying to look at it, it wouldn’t pull up.
On a not so random note, does your son watch so you think you can dance?

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derek July 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm

By any chance are you in the Chicago area? And using Comcast?
For the last two weeks I have not been able to access any of my sites on a particular server as the connection was traveling a path that was getting blocked on a hop to a Bell Canada server in Calgary.
Most people were not impacted; however, anyone following that same server hop was getting blocked. It has been resolved, at least for the time being, and I am now asking my host to assist with investigating the reported cause of the traffic being blocked.
Now, back to the other question, he has watched the show a few times but it isn’t one we watch regularly. He was far more into the show on MTV when his one instructor was on the show.

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AaBaAa Simple Overload July 16, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I love the blog layout design, cool graphic and unique

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Hina August 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Ah, very nice. Glad to see major progress on both!What kind of dance does your son do?

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jake October 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

Heh… the job of being a parent…. In the comment you said the instructor was on an mtv show, may I ask what show it was?

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derek October 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

His teacher was on the MTV show America’s Next Best Dance Crew and their crew was Xtreme Dance Force from Illinois.

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Jean Baptiste October 20, 2009 at 10:23 am

“Job” of a parent. I suppose, that word isnt appropriate here.. I mean, the words just show the love n care from within. Nice post, Derek.
Life really becomes exciting after becoming a dad 🙂 Been getting lots of tips abt child care frm blogs as this. Post a few more refreshing posts as this, Derek!

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Jan@punks October 13, 2009 at 6:36 am

Wish your kids all the best with their baseball team
.-= Jan@punks´s last blog ..Medical makeup =-.

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Patrick Oden October 24, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Storm and Thunder are the team names? That is a great and funny coincidence.
I’m glad to read about their successes. I’m sure you’re very proud of them.

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Dance Lessons London Ontario November 21, 2010 at 3:27 am

I love the comment about enjoying dance from the point of view of dad. Very touching.

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Kinkade, Brian July 20, 2011 at 4:40 am

For sure your two sons will not only thank you for accepting the gift of being their father but will also thank you for being very supportive and appreciative of the things that they love and are passionate about in their respective lives. Your children are very fortunate to have a parent like you who find(s) time to be present in events that mean a lot to them.

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Veronica Cervera@miami homes August 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Your kids are very lucky to have your full support when it comes to pursuing their passion. You’re a good man, Derek..

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Brian Kinkade@elizabeth real estate August 11, 2011 at 9:17 am

For a parent, nothing is more exciting than recognizing that your child has a special talent. Your children are so lucky they have parents like you who support them in everything they do.

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Steve@Electric Cig October 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Derek, you’re a good father. You’re giving full support to your kids dreams and passion. Some parents really don’t do this. They force their kids to do something that there kids aren’t fond of. They think it what’s best for their but they really don’t realize that they should support and encourage their kids to do what their passionate about.

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