Friday, September 27, 2013

Effort and Attitude by Coach Ireland

Today, in a meeting with our coaches, our men's soccer coach Jon Ireland shared from his coaching philosophy to our group.  Effort and Attitude were his buzz words and he shared that those are two things that every student has which they have complete control over.  There are a number of things that athletes have very little control over:

...how the opposing teams acts for example
...perhaps the referee makes a terrible call and everyone sees it
...injuries can really put a damper on students

The list could go on, but we as humans simply don't have control over everything.  Nor should we.  However, we can control how hard we try and how we treat others around us whether we face easy or difficult circumstances.  I know Coach Ireland gives 100% effort and he always represents a Christ-like attitude.  We are blessed to have a man of his spiritual discernment and desire among our staff at York College.  In only his second year, I see growth and no matter what the wins/loss column says I believe this program is on an upward trajectory.  I believe that because he believes in effort and attitude as it pertains to his Christian walk, his faith in Jesus.  I know he'll never quit on that and he believes in our mission to transform students lives through Christ-centered education and his goal is to equip students for lifelong service to God, family and society.

Effort and Attitude
...when the opposing team acts without character it shines even brighter when our student-athletes keep their cool
...when the referee makes an obvious bad decision, realize that sometime in the near future the call could go the other way and even referees are human (believe it or not)
...even through injuries its possible to be a very valuable team member

All of this reminds me of the scripture about imitating Christ's humility, here it is:

Philippians 2
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of
you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ
Jesus. 

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