INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue theme this week is RELIABLE – The strength to be trustworthy of a responsibility. (Share a personal story of one of your most RELIABLE friends.)
Lord, sometimes we are tempted to do things that are wrong. Help us to be RELIABLE and to use our will to always do what is right. Give us the strength and the wisdom to remember that You are always with us and that You can help us overcome any temptation. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a Glory Be?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
When a Tornado Hits
Faced with an emergency, a lot of us run away. But some of us run towards. That’s what LaMichael Howell did when a tornado tore up his college campus. Howell, a three-year captain of the Shaw University football team in Raleigh, N.C., was planning dinner with friends in his off-campus apartment one night when the power went out. Moments later, the lights came back on and the news came in: a tornado had blown through the area and done catastrophic damage.
Howell decided to drive to campus to see for himself. And he’ll never forget what he encountered. “The student union was a wreck,” says the 23-year-old senior. “Power lines were down. I couldn’t see. Every turn you made, you had to turn back around. Trees everywhere. Dumpsters turned upside down.”
What it did to him was turn him into an action hero. Howell went from dorm to dorm, picking up friends and strangers alike and ferrying them to his tiny apartment. Back and forth he went in his gray Crown Victoria, asking who needed help.
“Hey!” he yelled from his window, through the wind and wet, “you need a place to stay?” Howell piled students into his car and navigated the dangerous streets back to his place. “I spent three years with these people,” he says. “I gotta look out for them. I told them, ‘I won’t leave you out to dry.’ “By the time it got dark and impossible to drive, Howell had 12 people at his place — several of which he had never met before.
He hosted them for two days, until they could figure out a way to get home. Howell shared his bed, sleeping head-to-toe with a teammate. He gave up his pillow and an extra mattress, which he put on the floor. He started a loop of his favorite movies. And when everyone woke up the next day, he cooked bacon, eggs and biscuits for 13.
And Howell isn’t some third-stringer. He started all four years at cornerback and leading the Bears to three conference titles. But he will likely be best remembered for something he did after his final game.
QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
When someone is as reliable as LaMichael Howell, what kind of effect does it have on the team?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Let’s be RELIABLE right now by truly playing as a team, passing, encouraging and never criticizing one another.
Coach, look for players being RELIABLE especially those who might have struggled with it beforehand. Tell them you noticed their effort and that you are proud of them.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Where does being RELIABLE really show itself to be important within a team?
Tell me about your most RELIABLE friend.
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Jesus, You are the most RELIABLE friend we could ask for. You are always there for us. Strengthen our faith that we might trust You more.
Inspire us to be more RELIABLE this week by being a vocal leader during practice, at home and at school. In Your Name we pray. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Be a vocal leader during practice, at home and at school.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
RELIABLE QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
“Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another, and of strength to be derived by unity.” – Vince Lombardi
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
“Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty.” – Sicilian Proverb
“Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer.” – Author Unknown
“It is the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.” – Marlene Dietrich
“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” – Virginia Burden
“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” – Author Unknown