Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Eyes on the Prize

Swim Character Video

     When I viewed the video it was touching, but when I thought about what to write I didn't know if I could relate it to something profound. I tell players that opportunities to win championships are rare. Also, for us old guys the chances start to diminish as time goes by. If the opportunity came about for myself to capture a trophy like this, all of; the effort, training, and sacrifice would weigh on my mind and departing with the prize would be tough.
     As athletes, forgetting they are not there to hate our opponents, but to raise the level of the abilities they possess. The opponents need to be of quality to set the bar, and push the others to continue to improve. Playing a basketball team that you can dominate leads you to being a team that is not prepared for true tests.
     Also, the ability to be humble, and a gracious winner is more important to me as well as John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood who says:

"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think of you."

-John Wooden

     To be able to beat your opponent and be able to walk over and appreciate what they have done that day no matter what transpired shows the heart of a true champion.

Well done young man.

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