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

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This week our virtue theme is MOTIVATION- The strength to inspire others to greatness. MOTIVATION is necessary for everything in life. All of us need motivation, whether it be to work hard, to love our teammates as ourselves or to do the right thing when faced with difficult choices.


Thank you, Lord, for this day, this opportunity, this time together. Show us your love today by giving us opportunities to be your instruments, motivating and loving our teammates this practice.Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?



Imagine being born without arms. No arms to wrap around someone, no hands to experience touch, or to hold another hand with. Or what about being born without legs? Having no ability to dance, walk, run, or even stand on two feet. Now put both of those scenarios together: no arms and no legs. What would you do? How would that effect your everyday life?

Meet Nick Vujicic… Born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia, without any medical explanation or warning, Nicholas Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich) came into the world with neither arms nor legs.According to Nick, the victory over his struggles throughout his journey, as well as his passion for life can be credited to his faith, his family, his friends and the many people he’s encountered during his life who have encouraged him along the way.

After school Nick went on with further study and obtained a double bachelor degree majoring in accounting and financial planning. By the age of 19, Nick had started to fulfill his dream of encouraging others by sharing his story through motivational speaking. He found the purpose of his existence, and also the purpose in his circumstance. Nick wholeheartedly believes that there is a purpose in each of the struggles we encounter in our lives and that our attitude towards those struggles that can be the single most effective factor in overcoming them.

In 2005, Nick was nominated for the “Young Australian of the Year” Award, which is a large honor in Australia. The award honors a young person for their excellence and service to their local community and the nation, as well as their own personal accomplishments. Nominations for this award are only given to truly inspirational people.

Now at 27 years old, this limbless young man has accomplished more than most people even twice his age. Nick recently made the massive move from Brisbane, Australia to California, USA, where he is the president of an international non-profit organization, and also has his own motivational speaking company; Attitude Is Altitude. Since his first motivational speaking engagement back when he was 19, Nick has traveled around the world, sharing his story with millions of people, speaking to a range of different groups such as students, teachers, youth, business men and women, entrepreneurs, and church congregations of all sizes. He has also told his story and been interviewed on various televised programs worldwide. However, Nick’s speaking engagements have gone beyond purely motivational speaking, he has had the opportunity to speak with several leaders, including the vice president of Kenya. This year alone Nick is set to speak in over 20 countries.


How can overcoming things be rewarding?

Are you willing to do anything for something you believe in?


Be a motivator today at practice! Encourage, challenge, praise, push teammates in both word and deed.


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

What motivates you to play hard? What motivates you to be a good student at school?

What motivates you to be a good person 24 hours a day?


Lord God, You are the great motivator! By your life here on earth, through being born by Mary, Your Mother, to Your ministry, healing and feeding the multitudes, to Your ultimate sacrifice on the Cross and Resurrection you are my motivation to love and sacrifice for others. Thank you for your example.


Ask your parents or older siblings to do a motivation experiment with you this week. Have them make you do a task every day and either you get a reward for doing the task or you get a punishment if you don’t do the task. Which type of motivation works better on you, reward or punishment?


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


“The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. – Vince Lombardi”


“You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation.” – Homer Rice


“Every game is an opportunity to measure yourself against your own potential.”
 – Bud Wilkinson


“The ones who want to achieve and win championships motivate themselves.”
– Mike Ditka


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade


“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together!” – Author Unknown


“In union there is strength.” – Aesop


Luke 1: 46 – 55

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.

The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.

He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.

He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”


Born wealthy, the son of Angelo and Eleanor Mauroceni Emiliani. His father died when Jerome was a teenager, and he ran away from home at age 15. After a dissolute youth, he became a soldier in Venice, Italy in 1506. Commanded the League of Cambrai forces at the fortress of Castelnuovo in the mountains near Treviso, Italy. Captured by Venetian forces on 27 August 1511, he was chained in a dungeon. He prayed to Our Lady for help, was miraculously freed by an apparition, and hung his chains on a church wall as an offering. Mayor of Treviso while studying for the priesthood. Ordained in the spotted-fever plague year of 1518.

Cared for the sick, and housed orphans in his own home. At night he roamed the streets, burying those who had collapsed and died unattended. Jerome contracted the fever himself, but survived. Founded six orphanages, a shelter for penitent prostitutes, and a hospital. Founded the Order of Somaschi (Company of Servants of the Poor, or Somascan Fathers, or Regular Clergy of Somasca) c.1532, a congregation of clerks regular vowed to the care of orphans, and named after the town of Somasca where they started, and where they founded a seminary; the society was given approval by Pope Paul III in 1540, and continue their work today in a dozen countries. Believed to have developed the question-and-answer catechism technique for teaching children religion. Declared the patron of orphans and abandoned children in 1928 by Pope Pius XI.