Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, left, and shooting guard Jordan Crawford. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

If you love sports and love writing, we have a great contest for you. Write an essay about what it means to be a successful team, and your column might be featured in Kids­Post; you might also win tickets to a Washington Wizards game.

The Wizards are holding Kids’ Day on March 16, and the winner of the essay contest will receive four tickets to the game (plus inside team access for you as Junior Reporter for a Day)!

Two runners-up will have their columns published at www.
and will receive four tickets to the March 16 game, plus fan packs.

Tell us, in up to 250 words, what it means to be a successful team.

The author of the best essay (as judged by the KidsPost staff members) will have the essay published in KidsPost on March 14 as a special guest columnist for Fred Bowen’s Score column. The winning author also will receive:

●Four tickets to the March 16 Wizards game at Verizon Center.

●Dinner in the pressroom and pregame interviews with the players.

Here’s what you need to know

Deadline: 11:59 p.m. February 25

Who can enter: Kids from 6 to 13 who live in Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C.

How to enter: An adult (parent, guardian or teacher) must send us your entry. On each entry, the adult must include your name, age and home town as well as the name and phone number of the adult submitting the entry. A note from the adult giving permission for you to enter the contest is also required.

Where to send your essay: Entries can be sent to KidsPost Sports Essay Contest, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071. They can also be e-mailed to kidspost@washpost.com. (Put “Sports Essay Contest” in the subject field.)

Void where prohibited by law. No purchase is necessary to enter. Many may enter, few will win. Complete rules for the contest are available at www.washingtonpost.com/postfun.