During the final game of the NBA Championship this year I was on an airplane to DC on my way back from a wedding, so I couldn't watch what was going on. (My dad texted me commentary of the last few minutes once I landed.) I'm not sure I would have been able to sit and watch it anyway, the stakes were so high and I was so nervous.
Now, basketball is not my sport. I'm a baseball fan (Go Tribe!) and enjoy soccer and tennis. But that doesn't matter because I am a Clevelander. And any Cleveland team is my team. And any win by a Cleveland team is a win for my city.
After going 52 years without any championships the city literally swelled with pride, and jubilation. I know that I was among many Clevelanders spread out over the country who hopped in their cars, or caught trains and planes to get back to our city for the celebration of a lifetime. Over a million people showed up for the Victory Parade in downtown Cleveland. It was an incredible sight, and such an amazing thing to be a part of. People of every age, skin color, religion and background, smiles on every face, Cavs and Cleveland apparel on every person, and people climbing on anything in sight to get a view of the players who finally brought us a trophy. I cannot express enough how amazing it was to be surrounded by such an outpouring of positive energy. I am beyond happy that I got to be a part of it.
kaitlin k walsh
Adventurer armed with a camera.