The housekeeper

I’ll always remember when I saw Sonia walk in to watch the National Championship game.


We were blessed during the week to have our hotel rooms cleaned by Sonia, a sweet, elderly Latino.  She was the housekeeper on our floor in charge of taking care of our players, coaches and media crew. 


You can imagine the mess 15 basketball players left throughout the week, but from the first day we noticed the joyful attitude that Sonia worked with.  Pleasant hellos at the beginning of the week turned in to short exchanges and then in-depth conversations as the week went along.  We loved learning about the life and family of the newest Wildcat fan!


One of my favorite moments of the tournament came when we saw Sonia’s smiling face walk into the gym on championship day.  Our fans had paid for her to attend the game, and she cheerly loudly right behind our bench the entire game!


It’s an honor to be a part of this team for reasons that stretch far beyond basketball.   I’ll always remember this team’s ability to extend God’s love and joy to everyone they came in contact with.  The IAm3rd attitude I see in my teammates doesn’t only shine in the way they play, but also in the way they treat others.

-Ben Carlson