Last Saturday I was, once again, Player Coach for the Lawyers in the Jawbones v. Sawbones Charity Basketball Game. This is the 6th year of the Event and I have played, and Carlock Copeland has been a sponsor, every year. The event usually raises about $80,000 for the Side By Side Brain Injury Clubhouse and this year the Lawyers won again in a relatively close game. While our team was once again stacked with some pretty good ex-college talent, that was not what I thought about while leaving the Mercer University gym. The game started when a young woman was given a microphone in the middle of the Court and welcomed us all to the event. She only spoke about 20 brave but halting words to the assembled multitude. She had worked at the Clubhouse for five years trying to regain the powers of speech following a stroke. Her welcome was just a step along the way of recovery. Other brain damage victims happily passed out towels or worked the concession stand. After six years I have seen many of the same family members again and again.
Many of us are blessed to practice law or medicine or accounting. The joy of counseling clients and handling sophisticated work is something that we hopefully grow to value more and more over the years. I was reminded on Saturday night that many are not so blessed and we should appreciate all that we have. Link to learn more or support The Clubhouse: http://www.sidebysideclubhouse.org/giving-volunteering/donate/.