Stay humble, Jackie Skeen says to each of the four, but especially lately to her son, Jamie.
He is a senior at
It is, says Jackie, wonderful to see her son rewarded for his talent and work. But she and her husband, Eric, also have told him to remain the Jamie that they know, no matter what happens this weekend.
It’s the lesson they’ve stressed forever in the Skeen house, after school and after church. But humility isn’t always the easiest concept to explain. How do you show your child what that means, when you already live in humble surroundings?
This is how:
Jackie Skeen is a preschool staff member at
Jackie and Eric’s four children were raised to consider education important. In 2005, when their oldest, Angelica, was about to graduate from
Then Jamie, a star basketball player who won a state championship at North Meck, earned a full ride at
It was, Jackie says, a blessing - and with that surprise they decided to bless others. They started a scholarship fund, giving one
They’ve since kept the scholarships going with fundraisers - car washes, raffles, attic sales. This year has been difficult, with everyone’s budgets strained, but the Skeens are pushing forward. They’ll be holding a basketball camp soon, with Jamie helping as always.
Except this year, he’ll be Jamie Skeen, Final Four participant - or better.
"This week has been crazy," says Jackie, beaming. Her phone is buzzing constantly. She has dozens of Facebook messages that she will answer as soon as she figures out how to use Facebook.
It’s also a joy for her to see Jamie and his team everywhere - in newspapers, on TV - because he has had his ups and downs. From being a top national high school player to learning that
They talked to Jamie before everyone left for
This is what humility is, Jackie knows. Not something you decide on when you’ve found your best moment, but an acknowledgement that you don’t always control those highs - or how long you can hold onto them.
Be humble. Jackie nods. "That’s who Jamie is," she says. The star recruit who didn’t hold a press conference when he chose a college to play ball. The young man who will be home soon, blowing a whistle at a basketball camp, giving like his mom and dad, no different on the best week of their lives than any other.
Friday, April 1, 2011
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