I love the hand written notes from the athletes best, but this year our gold team really surprised us with their thoughtful and creative gifts. The girls worked together to come up with ideas that suited their three coaches perfectly.
Our beam coach is always writing out assignments and coming up with beam pro tips, so the girls gave her a white board with a rainbow of dry erase markers.
Our floor coach is always sneaking extra treats off the tables at meets, so the girls gave her a giant bag of her favorite chocolates.
And for me, who is stepping down from team coaching, they went all out. I make a big distinction between deduction vs no deduction when watching practice, so the girls made me a build a bear named Judge who says "deduction" when you press its paw.
It was just really touching to see how they all worked together to give us something that actually represented our time together. Some of their parents also gave gift cards, flowers, etc, but this bear is definitely my favorite!