A testament of Character

Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy.” – Joe Paterno
I am a self proclaimed Football freak.  I love to watch Football, especially when my son is on the field.  This weekend I was blessed with watching some good football games, my son’s team won in a shut out against a team that was supposed to blow them away.
The character part comes in the sportsmanship that was displayed by both teams.  On one hand the team that was beat demonstrated their true colors.  You see it can be said that your true character is brought out when times are the toughest.  In loosing, do you understand that you were out played or matched?  Did you put forth your very best effort and help your team have a fighting chance?  Or did you give up on your team mates, did you lack that understanding that only one team can walk away the winner?
I watched as my sons team, the clear under dog, played their hearts out.  They, as they say “Left it all on the field”.  They helped the opposing team get up, they shook hands at the end of the game and quietly left the field with out dancing or celebrating.  Not that some celebration is ok, but they saw as the other team left the field throwing their helmets and cursing one another.  It was a small glimps into the true character of the team and the individuals of the team.  As I sat in the stands clapping for a game well played I watched as the parents of the loosing team demonstrated those same actions.  I even heard parents bad mouthing their own sons.
Our team is from a smaller community, boys that have played football together since the 3rd grade.  Their coaches are good men, they teach the boys how to play the game right.  There is so much more than just touchdowns and tackles, there is sportsmanship and winning and loosing with class.  It is nice to have coaches that share the same values of our community and the families that are in it.  Clearly lost in the community that our boys played in on Saturday.
It’s not the first time that I have seen this, but looking at it on Saturday it made me think about the character or lack of character that these young men were developing.  You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to figure out where this will all lead.
You can draw your own conclusions.  But I am proud of our boys.
Have a Great Scouting Day!

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