INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is ADVENTURE – The strength to undertake new and daring enterprises. Many times we are fearful of new and daring things. Yet, often the only way we can really grow is to embrace new things, no matter how scary they may be in the beginning.
Lord, we praise you and we thank you for the talents you have given us. Help us to be virtuous and strong! Help us to love YOU and others more than ourselves. May we be ADVENTUROUS today by always being strong and confident in whatever new things YOU ask us to undertake.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
The First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement
Before he won the love and admiration of the world with his dream for a better, more equal America, Martin Luther King Jr. won the love of a strong-willed and talented woman named Coretta Scott.
Just two weeks after meeting Coretta, a young King told his parents that he had found his wife. Coretta, who had been trained as a classical musician, decided to give up her dream of becoming a professional singer and decided instead of marrying the humble pastor. Soon, the newlyweds moved to Montgomery, Alabama, where this young promising new pastor soon found himself and his wife in the middle of the Montgomery bus boycott, which started in early December 1955 with Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a local Montgomery city bus.
Coretta described this early period of her marriage and work with husband King: “As the boycott continued, I had a growing sense that I was involved in something so much greater than myself, something of profound historic importance.”
When her husband was tragically assassinated in April of 1968, thirteen years into the heart of the Civil Rights Movement, the young widow and mother of four children did not give up the and quit but instead she stepped right into the role of “First Lady of the Civil Rights Movement”, fearlessly championing the mission she and her husband had helped to launch.
An author, activist, and civil rights leader in her own right, Coretta worked to make her husband’s birthday a national holiday, and fought until the end of her life for racial and gender equality, religious freedoms, economic justice, and countless other causes.
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Adventures require tremendous strength and wisdom from its participants, to be sure. In the story of Coretta Scott King, in your opinion, how did she exhibit (show) strength and wisdom? Could you have done what she did?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Today, in practice, let’s practice the virtue of ADVENTURE, by having a great attitude and demonstrating confidence in the coaches and the game plan as we get ready to improve ourselves and get ready for our opponent this week.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
Be ADVENTUROUS today and embrace talking/mentoring a player you don’t normally talk to.
Ask them why they are playing the sport.
Ask them, also, how you can help them better.
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord Jesus, You showed the virtue of ADVENTURE when you decided to become man and come to earth saving us from sin. Give us this same love of ADVENTURE! We want to be like You! Help us to love You, to not be afraid, but to embrace the life you have prepared for us. Jesus, we trust in You!
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
When you wake up each day this week, decide to see each day as a new ADVENTURE. Dare to try something new, regardless if you succeed or fail. Experience the ADVENTURE of life!
ADVENTURE QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for the newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.” – Alexandre Dumas
“I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging and it’s very difficult to find anyone.” – Gandalf (J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit)
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.” – Augustine of Hippo
“Nobody who says, “I told you so” has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
“I do not insist,” answered Don Quixote, “that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.” – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
“I have discovered that even the mediocre can have adventures and even the fearful can achieve.” – Edmund Hillary