Ella loves soccer. She talks about it all week and packs her gear days in advance. Although her game isn't until 1 PM, she is dressed, shin pads and all, by 9 AM. Her tiny feet move so quickly through the drills as her face beams with the praise from the high school student assistants. She bumps up against girls twice her size with only the occasional wince. She is proud of herself every time she plays,
and that is all that matters.