Imagine loving something so much, you did it for 53 years. . . well, that's Art Stout and Kirkwood Tennis. He's retiring this year after 53 years of coaching. I was fortunate enough to start my teaching career at Kirkwood High School while Art was still there. In fact, I taught one class in his room my first year. Today, when I sat and talked with him, I remembered how he could say the simplest things to you, and coming from him, they would somehow mean something more. I love basketball. I coached it at Kirkwood High School for 10 years. It wore me out. I'm much younger than Art Stout. My legs work better. But I could only go 10. He's on 53! He's been coaching longer than I've been alive. I'm amazed.
Drew Morris is in my class this year. He's a really nice kid. How 'bout this. . . he had a tumor removed from his neck last year. Vertebrae were fused together. He's back playing tennis and playing at a high level. He's so relaxed for someone who plays with such focus and intensity. I'm really impressed!
Ben Leible is also in my class. He's a funny kid. Makes me laugh every day. The other students really like him. He surprised me with his intensity on the tennis court. I like this picture for a couple of reasons. I tried to get the sun at this angle, and use the dark background with with yellow and green. I thought it looked cool against his hat. What I didn't plan on was his shadow appearing on his racket. Got lucky there.