Almost 20 years ago, my younger brother in his role as editor-in-chief of the Reserve Record, the school newspaper of Western Reserve Academy, dared to publish an issue that expressed the fears of the students towards its new headmaster. The issue was confiscated and never released. That headmaster, Skip Flanagan, has just announced his retirement.
One phrase uttered by Asmahan Mansour, the 11-year-old player, struck home: "I was very proud of my teammates for having my back."
That's what friends do. They watch for the unanticipated They amass their indignation against the tyranny of the powerful against the small.
In my experience, it's a privilege to have this. Asmahan is so lucky to be surrounded by people who watched her back. I wish that I had this, and that I had the courage to be one of the watchers.