Anne Herbert coined the phrase “random acts of kindness” in the early 1980’s. Herbert is believed to have wrote “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat while dining at a restaurant in Sausalito, CA. These acts could be something as simple as smiling at someone to help brighten their day, or hold the door open for the person behind you or leaving an extra tip for your waitress/waiter.
In the case of two local volleyball teams is also could mean sending roses, cupcakes and cards to one another.
This happened over the last week with the Southeastern and West Hancock volleyball teams.
After winning its regional as a No. 5 seed and defeating top-seeded and county rival Illini West along the way, the West Hancock volleyball team received a “treat” last Friday during a light practice. The Southeastern volleyball team had sent roses over to each individual on the Titans volleyball team. This random act of kindness went along well with the treat coach Charlie Bolton had brought to practice the same day.
Being referred to as Cinderella’s of the tournament, Bolton bought each player a tiara to parade around in to help loosen the mood. He also picked up a “crown” for a “king” for himself.
“I didn’t spend much on myself as I picked up my crown from Burger King,” Bolton joked.
The Titans volleyball team returned the favor on Monday by sending the Lady Suns a card and four dozen blue and gold cupcakes.
Southeastern volleyball coach Tim Kerr mentioned the sending of flowers has turned into a yearly tradition.
Said Kerr, “I think it just makes a nice gesture and can make a lot of people happy and feel appreciated for a small amount of money.”
Bolton coached several years in the Southeastern school district which made it an easy choice for the Lady Suns to pick out who they would choose to shower their kindness with.
“Obviously, Mr. Bolton and Southeastern have a great relationship and we have gotten to know a lot of the girls on the his team,” Kerr said. “Plus they deserved flowers and crowns.”
Both teams had its season come to an end Tuesday night at the sectional level, but neither have anything to be ashamed of.