There are some things going on in my life that have put a stupid grin on my face that I just can't seem to get rid of.
Many of you know that I rowed at KU when I was in college. It was probably my favorite time in my life. I loved be a part of the KU Crew team. I loved working hard. I loved winning. I loved rowing.
I went on after college to row at the elite level. I trained and competed with the United States Rowing team on and off for several years. I won a few national championship medals, raced at 3 Olympic trials and made a World Championship team where I had the privilege of competing with some of the fastest scullers in the world.
I returned to Kansas after my rowing days, got a job, began coaching and have always tried to support the KU Crew in any way I could. I cheer their successes, I spend hours on the phone with the coaches after their defeats. We loan each other boats, we trailer together.
Last Saturday they opened their new Boathouse. A long time coming. A beautiful building and a great group of kids and coaches. They asked for a photo of me as I am one of only 3 athletes from KU Crew to make a US National Team.
The photo now hangs in the hallway leading to the crew locker rooms. A place where all the kids can see. Where they can see what is possible.
I just got a phone call from the Crew coach.
They are naming a boat after me.
And that stupid grin.
It'll be around a while.
(PS...when they christen the boat...you're all invited!)