I had a pleasant surprise a week ago, when the poster I designed for my kid's cub scout pack won the grand prize for the 2011 Lakers Pride Contest. This was a regional competition sponsored by Staples and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Staples sent each competing Scout pack a poster kit that consisted of 24 white squares of fabric, a bunch of colored markers, and a gift card for additional supplies. I created a modular design that allowed the various den leaders the ability to have their Scouts work on squares independently of one another to contribute to the big picture. The final results were stitched together with ribbon and submitted to the competition. Now that's team work!

At the award ceremony, Lakers player Lamar Odom met with the pack, and presented them with the $1,000 prize. The poster will be on display at the Staples Center for the remainder of the season.

Now, if only Kobe can stay healthy, we've got an excellent chance of winning the NBA Championship for another three-peat. Go Lakers and Pack 91!

I was unable to attend the ceremony due to a work conflict. Thanks to the anonymous parent who sent me the photos.