The Brobots took 15th place overall out of 40 teams and just missed going to the state tournament (top 11 moved on).

A bigger honor is the award that they received. FIRST is about much more than Lego’s. The three primary Core Values that Lego League tries to instill in all its participants are Teamwork, Inspiration and Gracious Professionalism. Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended. In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

It is with great honor that Coach Tom and I are very proud to announce that the Brobots have been awarded a trophy for “Gracious Professionalism” for the ThunderQuest tournament. This is a great accomplishment and should not be taken lightly. If there is one award as a parent that we would want our children to be recognized for, this would be it. This says great things about your child.

Many thanks go out to Mark Wayne and Freedom One Financial for donating practice space for both of our teams during this season and to coaches Cliff Holmyard and Tom Freundl!!