INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
This week our virtue theme is VALOR – The strength to live with great courage in the face of danger. VALOR is necessary for everything in life! We need to have VALOR on this team, in our classes, in our homes and in our neighborhoods. Great things only happen when we are willing to act in the face of difficulty and adversity.
Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Strengthen our wills and forge our resolve to be people of VALOR in our pursuit of excellence in every area of our life. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
THE STORY OF WILLIAM TELL
The people of Switzerland were not always free and happy as they are to-day. Many years ago a proud tyrant, whose name was Gessler, ruled over them, and made their lot a bitter one indeed.
One day this tyrant set up a tall pole in the public square, and put his own cap on the top of it; and then he gave orders that every man who came into the town should bow down before it. But there was one man, named William Tell, who would not do this. He stood up straight with folded arms, and laughed at the swinging cap. He would not bow down to Gessler himself.
When Gessler heard of this, he was very angry. He was afraid that other men would disobey, and that soon the whole country would rebel against him. So he made up his mind to punish the bold man.
William Tell’s home was among the mountains, and he was a famous hunter. No one in all the land could shoot with bow and arrow so well as he. Gessler knew this, and so he thought of a cruel plan to make the hunter’s own skill bring him to grief. He ordered that Tell’s little boy should be made to stand up in the public square with an apple on his head; and then he bade Tell shoot the apple with one of his arrows.
Tell begged the tyrant not to have him make this test of his skill. What if the boy should move? What if the bowman’s hand should tremble? What if the arrow should not carry true?”Will you make me kill my boy?” he said. “Say no more,” said Gessler. “You must hit the apple with your one arrow. If you fail, my soldiers shall kill the boy before your eyes.” Then, without another word, Tell fitted the arrow to his bow. He took aim, and let it fly. The boy stood firm and still. He was not afraid, for he had all faith in his father’s skill. The arrow whistled through the air. It struck the apple fairly in the center, and carried it away. The people who saw it shouted with joy.
As Tell was turning away from the place, an arrow which he had hidden under his coat dropped to the ground. “Fellow!” cried Gessler, “what mean you with this second arrow?”
“Tyrant!” was Tell’s proud answer, “this arrow was for your heart if I had hurt my child.” And there is an old story, that, not long after this, Tell did shoot the tyrant with one of his arrows; and thus he set his country free.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Who do you think had more VALOR, William Tell or his son? Why?
How important do you think it is to be really, really good at your technique? (like William Tell being able to shoot an arrow well?)
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
You will encounter difficulty in practice this week, if you work hard. Choose to practice the virtue of VALOR when you do, being courageous no matter that difficulty.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
How do you think an athlete can demonstrate VALOR on a daily, regular basis?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord God, You didn’t run at the first sign of chaos or difficulty. Instead, you showed us how to live with VALOR, to love and to sacrifice. We want to live like You! We want to live for You and for others. Help us to live the virtue of VALOR no matter the cost or danger. Help us to recognize when we need to have VALOR so we can those in our lives that need our strength and courage.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Pray for the virtue of VALOR this week—-each day. Look for circumstances when VALOR is needed and prepare yourself for the time when you can act with courage on somebody’s behalf.
VALOR QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“Valor is strength, not of legs and arms, but of heart and soul; it consists not in the worth of our horse or our weapons, but in our own.” – Michel de Montaigne
“Be the hero of your children’s story. Never let them believe for a minute that honor, courage and doing what is right is only reserved for other fathers and mothers.” – Shannon L. Alder
“Valor consists in the power of self-recovery, so that a man cannot have his flank turned, cannot be out-generalled, but put him where you will, he stands.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” – Chester W. Nimitz
“Perfect valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld
“Who would have know of Hector, if Troy had been happy? The road to valor is built by adversity.” – Ovid
“Go on and increase in valor for this is the path to immortality.” – Virgil