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Virtues for Victory

Virtues for Victory

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An e-book on developing character through sports
An e-book on developing character through sports

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Contents
Introduction..............................................................................................3Chapter 1: Humility..................................................................................5Chapter 2: Loyalty....................................................................................8Chapter 3: Courage................................................................................10Chapter 4: Perseverance.......................................................................12Chapter 5: Self-Control..........................................................................14Tying it Together: The 11 Commandments of Character...............16References...............................................................................................19
 
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Introduction
During the 2002 season, Ohio State freshman Maurice Clarett had anoutstanding season. Despite missing six games due to injury, Clarett still managed topost an astounding 1,325 yards for the season. To cap it all off, Clarett scored the gamewinning touchdown in the Tostidos Fiesta Bowl, giving the Buckeyes their first nationalchampionship since 1969. A few years after leading his team to victory, one wouldexpect Clarett to be playing in the NFL. Where is Maurice Clarett today? He's in a statepenitentiary serving a heavy sentence for armed robbery. The more pertinentquestion is what is his great 2002 season doing for him now? Absolutely nothing.Sports can be an enjoyable and exciting experience. However, if that experienceis merely about winning games and hearing the crowd cheer, then it will not last very long. Glory on the field or on the court only lasts a short while and once it's gone, itdoes very little for you. On the other hand, participating in sports can also give yousomething that will be of great benefit for the rest of your life. It's not fame, glory, orthrills...It's character.Character is a misunderstood term in our society. To some, character is aboutadhering to a set of correct principles or values. Once you understand the principles,then you should be able to act accordingly. When I examine cases such as MauriceClarett, it appears that people know what the right thing is. However, what they lackare the skills to do what is right. Having character is about possessing those skills tofunction as a good human being should. The classical Greek philosopher Aristotlecalled these skills virtues. Virtues cannot be gained by merely hearing about them orreading about them. One must be trained to develop virtue. Virtues must be practiced.Football coaches, can you imagine teaching players to tackle just by showing them avideo of tackling, discussing how to tackle and even demonstrating a proper tackle? Of course not! Basketball coaches, for your next practice, why don't you sit the kids on thebench and spend two hours telling them about how to dribble, shoot, pass, and play defense? That would be really silly! In order for players to master these skills, they mustpractice them. Character is no different, for as Aristotle said, “ Men become builders by building houses, and harpists, by playing the harp. Similarly, we become just by thepractice of just actions, self-controled by exercising self control, and courageous by performing acts of courage.”Once a person has acquired these virtues through training, they will consistently act in a manner that is congruent with those virtues. If a player has mastered the skill of tackling, when it comes time for a game, that player will consistently make goodtackles. However, that same player may miss a tackle, but for the most part, that playerhas become a good tackler. On the same note, a person who has mastered a skill likehumility will demonstrate that skill on a regular basis. They may mess up on occasion,but for the most part, that virtue will be ingrained deep within them. From thisapproach, character becomes more about who you are rather than about what you do.The question moves from, “What do I do?” to “What kind of person do I want to be.”

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