INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is WISDOM – The strength to utilize knowledge and experience with common sense and insight. Yes, WISDOM, is not just for the classroom or old people. We can be WISE too. Let’s talk about some ways teams can play with WISDOM (listening to coach, respecting the refs, passing to the open player, not wasting time at practice …)
Almighty God, the fountain of all WISDOM, You know our necessities before we ask. Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully bless us with those things which we need to follow You more faithfully. Give us the WISDOM to always do Your will.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a Hail Mary?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
THREE THINGS WE SHOULD DO EVERY DAY
Jimmy Valvano, famous Coach of the NC State Basketball team, was diagnosed with bone cancer in June 1992.
Shortly before his death, he spoke at the inaugural ESPY awards, presented by ESPN, on March 3, 1993.
While accepting the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award, he announced the creation of the “Jimmy V Foundation”, an organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer.
One particularly poignant section of Valvano’s speech is as follows:
To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives.
Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day.
Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought.
And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy.
But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.
Jim Valvano died less than two months after his famous ESPY speech and after a year-long battle with cancer.
His tombstone reads:”Take time every day to laugh, to think, to cry.”
QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
What are the three things we should do every day?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s really have fun and enjoy our time today playing our sport.
Coach, smile at players and get them to smile back at you. Make an extra effort to observe your team and see if they are really having fun.
MENTORING MOMENT TO SHOW YOUR PLAYERS THAT YOU CARE ABOUT THEM
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
How has the virtue of WISDOM helped you be a better player on our team? (WISDOM – The strength to utilize knowledge and experience with common sense and insight.)
What is one personal goal you had for this season?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
We want to thank (name a few teammates who lived the virtue during that practice/game). We can all be WISER this week by living those 3 things we learned about in the story: Laugh, Think and Cry tears of joy every day.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE OF WISDOM THIS WEEK
Let’s try to live those 3 things we learned about in the story: Laugh, Think and Cry tears of joy every day this week and talk with our parents about these 3 things.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story about the 3 things.
WISDOM QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day. In person, email, text, tweet … whatever works best for you
“Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals.” – James Naismith
“Once you have learned to love, You will have learned to live.” – Source Unknown
“If you never lose, then you can never appreciate the victories.” – Laura Twitchell
“If size is all that matters, how come the whale is endangered and the ant continues to do just fine?” – Kelly Marshall
“Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.” – David Star Jordan
“A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.” – Author Unknown
“Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” – Norman Cousins
1 Kings 3: 5-14
In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said: Whatever you ask I shall give you.
Solomon answered: “You have shown great kindness to your servant, David my father, because he walked before you with fidelity, justice, and an upright heart; and you have continued this great kindness toward him today, giving him a son to sit upon his throne.
Now, LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed David my father; but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act— I, your servant, among the people you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, a listening heart to judge your people and to distinguish between good and evil. For who is able to give judgment for this vast people of yours?”
The Lord was pleased by Solomon’s request.
So God said to him: Because you asked for this—you did not ask for a long life for yourself, nor for riches, nor for the life of your enemies—but you asked for discernment to know what is right I now do as you request. I give you a heart so wise and discerning that there has never been anyone like you until now, nor after you will there be anyone to equal you.
In addition, I give you what you have not asked for: I give you such riches and glory that among kings there will be no one like you all your days. And if you walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and commandments, as David your father did, I will give you a long life.
St. Thomas of Aquinas
Considered to be one of the greatest philosophers and theologians of all time.