A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Law
I got involved in my community. This fall, I found myself coaching a little league football team, the College Park Hornets. I wish I could make this story the magical tale of how I took this team and made them into Super Bowl champions, but it just has not worked out that way.
I began this year determined to build my law practice, tackling new and more complex litigation. I worked tirelessly toward that end, opening a second law office in Baltimore and expanding my caseload. From marketing to employee issues to law office management, my days were constantly filed with challenges but somehow it just wasnít enough.
Donít get me wrong. I love the practice of law. It is what I dreamed of doing all my life. Yet somehow, it was not enough, I still lacked fulfillment. Coaching the College Park Hornets has renewed my spirit and inspired me to become a better lawyer.
The Hornets have not won a game all year, not one. At one point during the season, I was so emotionally drained by what I felt was a lack of effort and spirit that I considered resigning from the team. In all my years of playing organized football, from high school to college, I had never experienced a losing season. I had been on conference championship teams, playoff teams, always on wining teams.
Not winning any games has never been an option for me. So as the season wore on, and we lost game after game, it wore on me. Granted, we had approximately 18 players with about 15 players never having played football until this year, but that didnít matter to me. I had invested so much to the success of the team, easily 15 to 20 hours a week, that I felt our team should have been much further along regardless of playing experience. It was hard for me.
And then something incredible happened on Saturday, October 18, 2003. My team showed up ready to play. Those hours of coaching had not been in vain. They came out with determination, drive, and a ferocious team spirit. I saw the excitement and passion in the eyes of my kids. I wish this story had a happy ending, we lost, 12-6. But for the first time we played like champions. At the end of the day, this team and this game was a lesson in life. Determination and drive led us to a point where we could play hard and competitive football. These 10 and 11-year-old young men reminded me to never stop trying.
Getting involved from the aspect of a lawyer, a young lawyer at that, does not have to be directly related to practicing law. The rewards will be far greater than any win-loss record. The College Park Hornetís record may not indicate a winning season, but we are a winning team.
Hughie D. Hunt, II, Esq. is a partner at Kemet & Hunt. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the YLS Public Service and Diversity Committees.
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