Because the season is a busy time for coaches, we may forget that perhaps the best way we can teach these young men to perform properly off the field is to give something back. This is especially important today when a “me-first” or “get more” attitude permeates our society.
Heavenly mathematics says that what you keep you lose and what you give away you gain, and if you would be first, you must be a servant. Players don’t hear this much, but it is truth. One of the things we do is provide a Thanksgiving meal for four or five needy families in our community. We have been in the national playoffs in 15 of the last 16 years, so we practice at Thanksgiving.
The players give money to provide this meal and divide into groups to take meals to the homes. It’s an unbelievable experience.We have also gone to local schools to present the FCA program “One Way to Play.” In addition, we participate in reading programs at schools and the “Character Counts” program.
We have an orphanage in our area, and some of the players have gone to work with children who don’t have role models. Through these activities, our players have the opportunity to give. Our Christian approach gives us opportunities to speak or sing at local churches. The key is to help players learn how to maximize their lives by living from the inside out rather than the outside in. We must constantly put this part into the evaluation process.
I hope that some of these ideas will help you increase your team’s performance both on and off the field. May God bless the performance of your team.