INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME
Our virtue this week is COOPERATION – The strength to work together toward a common objective. A team that practices the virtue of COOPERATION is a tough team to beat! They realize that all members are valuable and are selfless enough to work together to achieve the goal. Your team is different when you use COOPERATION and that makes a big difference.
Lord, we want to COOPERATE with You in everything we do. You allowed your disciples to COOPERATE with You in your ministry 2000 years ago. We pray that You allow us to do the same. Give us the strength to COOPERATE with You in the same way. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER
WOMEN’S DIARIES OF THE WESTWARD JOURNEY
Following is an excerpt from the diary of Samantha Jane Emmons Dillard published by her great grandson John Christopher Stone. This excerpt concerns part of the journey west near Fort Kearney, Nebraska which was the last fort before the much more perilous journey westward. Their journey began in Illinois and ended in Oregon. Typical trips overland via the Oregon Trail lasted between 140-160 days,(5 months) traveling approximately 2,000 miles! It was used during the mid 1800’s by Great Plains pioneers who were seeking fertile land in the West and Northwest.
“Our next main stop was at Ft. Kearney, Nebraska, where we were held until a sufficient number of emigrants had arrived to make up a train to start our journey across the plains. We had traveled alone until we reached here and It had rained almost all of the time and the water was high.
Here we were joined by enough emigrants to make up a train of twenty-two wagons, as it was necessary to have this many in the train in order to make a corral. There were four wagons pulled by oxen and the rest by horses. Since the ox teams traveled a good deal slower than the horses all hands In the morning would get the ox teams started ahead first and of course during the day we would pass them and go on ahead and when camping time came we would have things ready for the ox teams when they arrived.
Our Captain had been across the plains before and knew just what to do, so at night we would all drive our wagons in a big circle and make a big corral and our stock was all put inside this corral and we would keep fires burning all night, and two men stood guard every night. When It came my father’s turn to stand guard, the next day I would have to drive our four horse team and wagon. I was thirteen years old then and small for my age.
Our Captain knew where all the watering places were and the distance between these places largely determined the number of miles traveled each day by the train, which averaged from ten to twenty-five miles per day..”
Samantha Jane Emmons Dillard- age 13
QUESTIONS TO ENGAGE PLAYERS
Why do you think COOPERATION was so essential for pioneers traveling out West at this time?
Why do you think the virtue of COOPERATION is so important for the success of this team?
RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME
Everybody has a role to play for the team to be successful this week. All players use the virtue of COOPERATION to do their part—no matter how big or small—to the best of their abilities to achieve that success today.
Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:
How could players COOPERATE more with the coaches to do their jobs better this week?
How could coaches COOPERATE more with the players to do their jobs better this week?
END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER
Lord, help us to use COOPERATION more! We have no reason to fear if You are with us—especially if we are open to COOPERATING with You and Your plan for us. You are our Captain and our best Teammate and You love us in everything we do. Help us to love You more.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Help your family this week to COOPERATE more. Be the family member that helps-that serves-that reminds all that we are in this together no matter the task.
COOPERATION QUOTES FOR THE WEEK
*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.
“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.” – Anonymous
“We cannot all play the same instrument, but we can all be in the same key.” – Anonymous
“If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.” – Nelson Mandela
“If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired.” – Askhari Johnson Hodari
“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” – Idowu Koyenikan
“Nothing truly valuable can be achieved except by the unselfish cooperation of many individuals.” – Albert Einstein
“As the leader of a group, your success is going to depend, not only upon yourself, but on the cooperation of every person, working with you. If they do not cooperate, you will not accomplish anything, no matter how brilliant you may prove to be.” – J. Vernon Jacobs