Character counts...for most

Friday, September 10, 2010

With the new school year and Iowa High School football, volleyball, and cross country seasons upon us, and the winter sports of basketball and wrestling on the near horizon, we thought it timely to emphasize the values of character and sportsmanship for our student/athletes.

We ask our prep student/athletes to please remember and utilize the "Six Pillars of Character" that will help drive them to success in the athletic arena, the classroom, and their futures.

These "Pillars of Character" are especially needed now as sane people sort through the senseless stupidity and decayed morals displayed recently by the vandals at Washington High School, who only served to demonize this wonderful community.

We pray for their quick apprehension and legal punishment, and hope that the attorneys their parents eventually hire grasp the importance of what is right and what is wrong when all lines have been crossed in such an evil, vicious way.

Because they obviously don't possess any, those mindless punks could well use these "Pillars of Character:"

*Trustworthiness - Demonstrate integrity. Play by the spirit and letter of the rules. Don't engage in or tolerate dishonesty, cheating, or dishonorable conduct.

*Respect - Treat the tradition of the sport and other participants with respect. Don't participate in disrespectful conduct, including verbal abuse of opponents and officials. Win with grace and lose with dignity.

*Responsibility - Be a positive role model. Persevere. Keep on trying.

*Fairness - Adhere to high standards of fair play. Never take unfair advantage. Be open-minded.

*Caring - Be compassionate. Forgive others. Help people in need.

*Citizenship - Honor the rules and goals of the sport and academic pursuits. Follow all codes of conduct.

And, most importantly students, have fun when doing your very best in the athletic arena or the classroom. Keep in mind that you represent yourself, your family, your school, and your community everytime you step out of your house.