Golden Eagles News · Sports Leader: Virtue of the Week – JUSTICE


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INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME

Our virtue this week is JUSTICE – The strength to always give everyone his or her rightful due. In sports most of the time we view JUSTICE with regard to the referees … but we should also reflect on how we are giving our coaches, teammates, fans and family members their rightful due.

PRAYER

Almighty God, the fountain of all JUSTICE, 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 JUSTICE to always do Your will.

Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?

STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER

VIRTUOUS COMPETITION

(This story is the same as the video clip included on next page)

Both Western Oregon and Central Washington compete as Division II softball programs in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Neither had ever reached the NCAA tournament at the Division II level. The score was 0-0, and Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon hit a shot over center field but something went very wrong.

While she was doubling back to tag first base, Tucholsky’s right knee gave out. The two runners who had been on base already had crossed home plate, leaving her the only offensive player on the field of play, even as she lay crumpled in the dirt a few feet from first base and a long way from home plate.

As Umpires were confirming that the only option available … Knox said, “I heard, ‘Excuse me, would it be OK if we carried her around and she touched each bag?'”The voice belonged to Mallory Holtman, a four-year starter who owns just about every major offensive record there is to claim in Central Washington’s record book.

Holtman and shortstop Liz Wallace lifted Tucholsky off the ground and supported her weight between them as they began a slow trip around the bases, stopping at each one so Tucholsky’s left foot could secure her passage onward. Accompanied by a standing ovation from the fans, they finally reached home plate and passed the home run hitter into the arms of her own teammates. Then Holtman and Wallace returned to their positions and tried to win the game. Central Washington did rally for two runs in the bottom of the second — runs that might have tied the game had Knox been forced to replace Tucholsky — but Western Oregon held on for a 4-2 win.

Sara Tucholsky, Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace were all first team Academic All Americans in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS

The virtuous understanding of competition is see your competitor as someone who can bring out the best in you and your team. They are NOT to be viewed as enemies. How did Central Washington show that they understood this?

Sometimes teams can get so competitive that we begin to resent our own teammates. What can we do to avoid this?

RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME

Let’s give everyone their rightful due by really doing our best here today by giving 100% effort, attention and enthusiasm.

MENTORING MOMENT

Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:

Why do you think we get so upset at referees but find it so easy to cut corners ourselves?

Have you experienced an injustice in your life? Tell me about it.

END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER

Dear God, thank You for Your mercy and your JUSTICE. Some people who we may not give their rightful due all the time are our parents. Give us the strength to treat our parents with the respect they deserve this week. In Your name we pray. Amen.

WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK

Treat your parents with the respect they deserve.

Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.

JUSTICE QUOTES FOR THE WEEK

*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.

MONDAY

“The world’s people all share the earnest aspiration to have peace, stability, justice and cooperation.” – Tran Duc Luong

TUESDAY

“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” – Albert Einstein

WEDNESDAY

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

THURSDAY

“At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. “ – Aristotle

FRIDAY

“Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.” – Plato

SATURDAY

“Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

SUNDAY

“If you want peace work for justice.” – Pope Paul VI

BIBLE QUOTE

Luke 20: 21-25

They posed this question to him, “Teacher, we know that what you say and teach is correct, and you show no partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.

Is it lawful for us to pay tribute to Caesar or not?”

Recognizing their craftiness he said to them, “Show me a denarius; whose image and name does it bear?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” So he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

They were unable to trap him by something he might say before the people, and so amazed were they at his reply that they fell silent.

SAINT

Mother St. Théodore Guérin

In 1839, however, the first bishop of the Diocese of Vincennes, Indiana sent a representative back to his native France in search of a congregation that would be willing to come and serve his diocese in the New World by teaching, providing religious instruction, and caring for the sick. When the representative approached the Sisters of Providence of Ruille-sur-Loir, the superior general of the order suggested Sr. St. Theodore for the task. After spending some time in prayerful discernment, Sr. St. Theodore agreed to accept the call to the Americas. She and 5 companions left their native France and embarked on the long and arduous journey to the New World.