INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week our virtue theme is PERSISTENCE – The strength to continue with one’s commitments after the initial ease or novelty fades away. PERSISTENCE is necessary for everything worthwhile in life. We need PERSISTENCE to overcome on this team, in school, in our relationships, in our future jobs…nothing truly important happens without it.
Lord Jesus, You were the most PERSISTENT person ever – You never sinned, You never gave in to temptation and You never gave in to discouragement. We want to be more like You. Please fill us with Your strength.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
LONG DISTANCE RUNNER WINS GOLD MEDAL AT THE AGE OF 40
It took the best part of two decades as a world-class athlete before Jo Pavey’s trophy cabinet reflected her talent but these days the medals and awards just keep coming. The latest—-a MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an award that rewards contributions and work with charitable organizations within the country of Great Britain established back in 1917 during WWI) for services to athletics left Joe Pavey “shocked and thrilled” and feeling even a bit “surreal”.
Even more surreal, was her win in the 10,000 meter run in August 2014 at the European Championships just one month short of her 41st birthday, becoming the oldest woman to win a European title in any event.
Pavey was so popular with her teammates, who nicknamed her Granny, that many were in tears when she claimed what was the first gold medal of her career. Pavey has often wondered if there were other medals throughout her years of competition that got away, not necessarily due to failures but instead to other competitors bending the drug-use rules to their own advantage.
Despite athletics regularly making the news for the wrong reasons Pavey would still encourage her own two children – Jacob and Emily – to take up the sport of running seriously if they so desired. “I love athletics and I’ve loved my career in it, no matter how successful I’ve been.” she says.
Pavey is working hard to prepare for the push to make the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil which would be her 5th Olympic Games in a row. ( In the history of the Olympics, only 22 women have participated in a track and field event in 5 Olympic Games!) “That’s my big motivation.” she says. “But it’s not going to be easy.” Then again, is anything worthwhile easy?
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
||Is there anything that drives you to continue with your sports?
||Has there ever been any circumstances/obstacles that made it difficult to PERSIST doing sports?
||Why is it important to practice the virtue of PERSISTENCE in all aspects of life and not just sports?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
When you don’t feel like going further, remember to be PERSISTENT and don’t give in to your feelings.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
How have you practiced the virtue of PERSISTENCE this week?
Who is a great example of PERSISTENCE in your life?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord, we also want to thank our Blessed Mother Mary for being so PERSISTENT to you and to all of us. She is a wonderful Mother, our Spiritual Mother in Heaven. May we love her as You loved her, Jesus.
Help us all to be more PERSISTENT this week by enabling us to keep going even when we don’t feel like it. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Keep going even when you don’t feel like it.
QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“Those people blessed with the most talent don’t necessarily outperform everyone else. It’s the people with follow-through who excel.” – Mary Kay Ash
“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the
support of a cause we believe to be just.” – Abraham Lincoln
“In golf and in life, it’s the follow-through that makes the difference.” –
“Becoming number one is easier than remaining number one.” – Bill Bradley
“The difference between a good athlete and a top athlete is the top athlete will do the mundane things when nobody’s looking.” – Susan True
“Don’t think expensive equipment will make up for lack of talent or practice.” – Anonymous
“So long as there is breath in me, that long I will persist. For now I know one of the greatest principles on success: If I persist long enough, I will win.” – Og Mandino