INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is EFFORT – The strength to combine physical and mental exertion toward a goal. This is one of the most “sporty” virtues out there. Without EFFORT you cannot win, you cannot improve. And when a team comes together and each member gives an all-out 100% EFFORT there are few things in life that are as enjoyable, memorable and fulfilling.
Who would like to lead the prayer today? How can we ask God to bless us with EFFORT?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
At 5, began studying under his cousin’s tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated “Summary View of the Rights of British America and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence .
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia’s legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia, succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France, and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions, and became the active head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States .
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase, doubling the nation’s size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello .
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia, and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, along with John Adams
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Some authors think that video games are destroying young people’s capacity for effort. Do you agree or disagree and explain why?
What do you admire most about Thomas Jefferson?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Perfect EFFORT is our resolution today. Let’s everyone truly give their absolute best.
Coach, congratulate those who are giving great EFFORT.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
What or who inspires you to give your absolute best EFFORT?
What do you help your parents with the most? What more can you do for them?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Thank you, Lord, for the ability and the opportunity to play this sport that we love. May we show our gratitude with an evermore perfect EFFORT in giving our absolute best.
And let’s give a greater EFFORT this week by developing the habit of cleaning up after ourselves without having to be told to clean up.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Develop the habit of cleaning up after yourself without having to be told to clean up.
Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.
EFFORT QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded
is another step forward.” – Thomas A. Edison
“Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles.” – Bob Richards
“Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” – Sam Walton
“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau