FCPS student athletes model so many positive qualities in their work both on and off the field. As we close out the fall season, let’s acknowledge our student athletes and their focus on character.
As the fall sports season draws to a close, we celebrate our student athletes. Some achieved the dream of becoming a state champion, but all of them learned some valuable life lessons. Here are a few of the lessons that I’ve heard our student athletes and our coaches, staff, and team parents articulate. More importantly, these are the lessons that our student athletes consistently model both on and off the field.
Success depends on hard work. Student athletes spend 10 or more hours each week in practice. Coaches set expectations for individual and team improvement that rely on hard work in practice.
Teammates rely on each other. Every individual on a team has a unique role; therefore, each person has to work to achieve his or her best in order to support the team.
Respect is essential. Sportsmanship is a top priority in the Central Maryland Conference (check out some of the stories of our CMC student athletes here). When athletes, coaches, officials, opponents, and fans are respectful, the focus remains on the game.
Sometimes you lose, but then you grow. Mistakes will happen. An opponent may be more skilled. Losing cannot defeat you. What you learn from a loss can make you better in the future.
Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. In the words of former N.C. State basketball coach, Jim Valvano, you cannot quit. No matter the challenge, perseverance is key or success never happens.
I thank the coaches, officials, and parents who support our student athletes. I hope all of them will remember the personal life lessons learned during the fall season.
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