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On Your First AAU Basketball Game

by Kenneth Tramiel
(San Lorenzo, CA U.S.A)

Lu,

I want to congratulate you on your FIRST big tournament and road trip game in Reno, Nevada! I know you will be a little nervous but that’s OK it’s normal.

I remember my first track meet when I was in college. There were sooooo many people there and I was soo nervous. But I knew I could run just as fast if not faster. As it turned out I took 2nd place in my first collegiate track race. I was so pumped! I couldn’t believe it!

NOW it’s your turn Lu! Time for you to take your step. You have a great bunch of teammates and friends who will be with you the whole way to support you and who have your back and a coach who believes in you and your ability and of course you have Mommy, Cydnie and ME!

I want you to remember this AAU basketball experience as this will be one of the wonderful times of your life that you will look back and you will never forget. This is just a small but BIG part of your life that's JUST beginning. I want you to do your very best (as I know you always do) and HAVE FUN while you’re competing. HUSTLE to the ball.! Get in there and snatch those rebounds away! DRIBBLE that ball and make the good and smart pass. Back your teammates up! And of course most all be the ambassador of sportsmanship.

Baby Girl, I want to let you know how so very proud I am of you. You have been EVERYTHING I hoped for. You have made me puff out my chest and have a big ole cheesy smile on my face and I tell people THAT’S MY LUUUU!!!!!!!!!! You are so special and so talented on and off the court.

I'm watching and I'm "talking to you" in the stands, but if you need some strength look my way and you'll see me pointing to you saying "it's all you". Hear my voice urging you on.(you know I yell loud!) YOU CAN DO IT! I KNOW YOU CAN! You’re a Tramiel after all and we don’t play that! RIGHT?! RIGHT?! Riiiiiighhhhttttttt!!

I love you, go get'm Lu!!

Love,

DADDY

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Proud Daddy!
by: Annie Desantis

Wow, Kenneth, your letter to your daughter is awesome - it brought tears to my eyes. What a proud Daddy! And no wonder, your daughter is doing so well!

No wonder with a Dad like you!

Thanks for posting this, is so beautiful - my readers are going to LOVE reading it,

Annie Desantis :)

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