I don’t have the coaches’ permission to write this, so I am not going to use any names because it would hurt the children involved. I’m not even going to tell you what sport it is, I’ll just toss a coin and pick one. Hmm, let me think, let’s pick basketball. If you have read my book, you’ll know why I picked basketball.
Anyway, I was recently talking to a young man who is a coach. Let’s give him a name – Coach Jim after two of my favorite singers – Jim Croce and Jim Morrison. After telling him about You’re Amazing And I’ll Prove It! he told me this story. He said there was a young player who started playing for him who obviously had had no training. When this player tried to do something and failed, the other kids started to react in a bullying manner, ridiculing the player. Instantly the coach turned to the harassers and told them, “I don’t want to hear a word out of any one of you. If you want to help this player get better, then help. If you don’t want to help the player, just leave him alone. If you don’t, you’re off the team.”
This coach did not say this to one or two of his players, he said it to all of them, from the stars all the way down. You respect this player as a valuable human being or you are off the team period! If this is the kind of teaching our kids are getting, we are in really good hands. Make your week magnificent! See you on the rebound, that’s basketball talk.
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