INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week we look at the virtue of being OTHER-CENTERED – The strength to attend to the needs of others. Our whole life we are in continuous relationships with others whether it be our family, friends or our teammates. We ruin our lives by being self-centered. We fill our lives with excitement and joy when we live with an OTHER-CENTERED purpose and outlook.
Lord, You were the most OTHER-CENTERED person who ever lived. You came to Earth for others, You worked, prayed, and sacrificed for others. You even gave Your life for others: for us, all of us, for me. Give us the strength to be OTHER-CENTERED like You. To play, sweat, work and strive for each other without worrying about ourselves.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
On September 29, 2006, Michael Monsoor was in Ramadi, Iraq. He was a member of the elite branch of the Navy called SEALS, which stands for Sea, Air and Land. On that day, he was on a rooftop over-watch in the most contested part of the city called the Ma’laab district. Positioned near the only exit, with an MK 48 machine gun in hand, he was providing security for two SEAL snipers who lay in prone positions on either side of him. Moments later a fragmentation grenade bounced off his chest and landed on the ground…
As a heavy-weapons machine gunner, his position while patrolling the streets of Ramadi with Delta Company was right behind the point man. The responsibility for protecting the rest of the unit fell squarely on his shoulders. It was an appropriate position for a Catholic young man named after the warrior angel, Saint Michael. He was also a SEAL communicator which required him to carry a rucksack full of communications equipment in addition to his MK 48 machine gun full of ammunition. He carried the extra 100 lbs, without complaint, in extreme heat.
When the grenade landed in front of him, Michael Monsoor knew that the length of the fuse would not allow him to toss it out. He also knew that he was two short weeks away from returning home to family and friends.
With the only exit door at his back, a live grenade at his feet and two Navy Seals in front of him he was faced with the hardest decision of his life. It was one of those rare moments when life passes before your eyes. Having already endured so many hardships and numerous brushes with death no one would have faulted him had he chosen a path to safety.
But at his core, Michael was other-centered. He dove on to the grenade to save his fellow SEALs giving his life for them in the process.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
||Give a suggestion about how our team could be more other-centered:
||What impressed you the most about Michael Monsoor?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Demand excellence of your teammates today but do it respectfully and with an OTHER-CENTERED attitude not one of anger or resentment.
Coach, look for players who can demand excellence virtuously and give them an extra encouragement.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Do you feel like our team is a family? Why or why not?
Tell me about the most OTHER-CENTERED person you’ve ever met.
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Thank You for this opportunity to be together as a team, Lord. Our team truly is a gift and a blessing. Help us to be more OTHER-CENTERED this week by talking with a teammate we rarely converse with this week. May we care about each and every member of our team and treat them the way You care about us.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Talk with a teammate you rarely converse with this week.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“Service is the best way to forget our troubles.” – Anonymous
“When you help someone up a hill you get that much closer to the top yourself.” – anonymous
“You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” – John Wooden
“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or what you accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.” Danny Thomas
“Man should not consider his material possessions his own, but common to all, so as to hare them without hesitation when others are in need.” – Thomas Aquinas
“If you continually give, you will continually have.” – Chinese proverb
“Sharing what you have is more important than what you have.” – Albert Wells, Jr.
*Share this image with your players to create a visual to help them understand how virtue is a strength.