INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is that of SERVICE – The strength to work for the good of others without concern for oneself. Great teams are made of individuals who willingly SERVE one another. If every single one of us is constantly looking for what is best for each other, our team will reach an incredible level of excellence. It is better to give than receive.
Lord Jesus, You came to earth to SERVE us. You did not have to be a poor carpenter but You chose to show us the importance of virtue. Please give us the strength to SERVE and to think of others before ourselves.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in an our Father?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
Russian Wrestling Culture
Andy Hrovat once shared … The dining experience has been different though. There is assigned seating how it goes I have no idea. There are 40 seats in the cafeteria and when we all walk in everyone sits down. A few wrestlers walk up to the serving line and bring back the food for their table.
At my table is Besik Kudokov, Irebk Farniev, and another wrestler who I am not sure of his name. My first few days here Kudokov would not allow me to do anything. He brought me my food, poured my drinks, gave me hot tea, and cleared my plates when I was finished. Every table is like that all the wrestlers chip in and really take care of each other.
I slowly worked my way into helping out. The wrestling culture here is like that of a big family, like a world champion serving a younger wrestler food. When people come into the wrestling room they walk around and make sure they shake everyone’s hand and show everyone the respect they deserve.
This really opened my eyes when I first took notice to it. Last month at the freestyle summit in Colorado we talked about developing future talent in the US. This is a great example as to how to do it.
The Junior team and Senior team train together but unlike here in America after the training is done we go our own ways in the dorms and cafeteria. Here they are friends, and it is almost like they are mentoring the future talent and prepping them for when they get a shot at wrestling for a world and Olympic title.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
How did the Russian wrestlers demonstrate the virtue of service?
How do you feel about helping possible competitors get better?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s have the attitude of SERVING one another today in everything we do. Let’s help one another get better.
Coach, look for players who are actively striving to help their teammates improve and recognize them for it.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Is there a player on the team who you can SERVE by helping them to improve? Who and how?
What was the last SERVICE project you were involved in? Tell me about it.
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Thank You, Lord, for this opportunity to gather as a team and play this game we love. Thank You for our health, our abilities, our talents and those of our teammates.
Thank You especially for the example of (name a few teammates who lived the virtue during that practice/game). Help us all to be SERVE more this week by taking someone’s trash and throwing it out for them after lunch whether at school or at home.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
At lunch, after you finish, take someone’s trash and throw it out for them.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
SERVICE QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day. In person, email, text, tweet … whatever works best for you
“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James
“I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.” – Mother Teresa
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss
“Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.” – Author Unknown
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa
“Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.” – Albert Schweitzer
“He who gives when he is asked has waited too long.” – Sunshine Magazine