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Video clips are an excellent way to teach virtue without you having to say anything. At times our players-students-kids get too accustomed to hearing us.

 
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Click on the image to watch a short yet powerful lesson on honesty.

 

Bobby Jones was not only a consummately skilled golfer but exemplified the principles of sportsmanship and fair play.

In the first round of the 1925 U.S. Open at the Worcester Country Club near Boston, his approach shot to the 11th hole's elevated green fell short into the deep rough of the embankment.

As he took his stance to pitch onto the green, the head of his club brushed the grass and caused a slight movement of the ball.

He took the shot, then informed his playing partner Walter Hagen and the USGA official covering their match that he was calling a penalty on himself.

Hagen was unable to talk him out of it, and they continued play.

After the round and before he signed his scorecard, officials argued with Jones but he insisted that he had violated Rule 18, moving a ball at rest after address, and took a 77 instead of the 76 he otherwise would have carded.

Jones' self-imposed one-stroke penalty eventually cost him winning the Open by a stroke in regulation, necessitating a playoff he then lost.

Although praised by many sports writers for his gesture, Jones was reported to have said, "You may as well praise a man for not robbing a bank."

 
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Make showing video clips a part of your tool box to reach your players.

You'll be glad you did.

 
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Here is a testimonial from an Assistant Principal and Assistant Football coach who is a part of the SportsLeader family:

Coaches: 
I just wanted to share a few things ...

First SportsLeader. For the last 4-5 weeks, the football program has been running a mentoring program whereby each of us coaches meets with our assigned players 2-3 minutes one day a week. My experience has been like the other coaches: very rewarding. You get to see the kids in a whole different light. Typically we do not even talk about sports. We talk about their lives. It is amazing what we can learn once they feel comfortable talking with us. I think we coaches have benefited as much as they have. Also, last night we had our 1st father-son "jersey night". This is when the dad expresses his love for his son and talks about him. It is for no more than 2 minutes and we were done in under 45 minutes. This was by far one of the most moving experiences I have ever been associated with. I have had the good luck of being the part of winning 4 state championships and this ranked right up there with those. The passion shown, tears shed, and stories told by the dads was unbelievably moving. Words cannot describe the emotions felt. Many of us coaches stayed after to relive the event. And then today at the Friday mass that the football team attends, they were joined by the boys soccer and golf teams. It was very impressive and moving as well.

If you have not given any thought about incorporating Sports Leader into your program (esp. mentoring and father-son/daughter jersey), I HIGHLY encourage you to do so. You won't be disappointed. If you are considering using the these programs, feel free to see any of us with questions.

As I have said many times, sports are very important, but the lives of these young people are more important and you will not be disappointed with the rewards both the athletes and you will receive by incorporating these into your programs.

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Bob Brenneisen 

Assistant Principal 

Sacred Heart Griffin HS, Springfield Illinois

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Virtue = Strength 
SportsLeader Manual to Teach Virtue