I love sports. I love how it gives us hope. I love how it makes us cheer. I love how it makes us think. I love how it unites us.
For those who never played sports, it’s tough to understand the concept of running until you throw up. It’s tough to understand the brutality. It’s tough to understand why people would do things to their bodies that will always hurt.
Sports, for many, is the great divide. It’s the place where learning occurs. It’s the place where what you do affects more than you. It affects the person next to you. It’s a place where your success or failure has real impact.
For those who never played, it’s easy to think that sports is unimportant, that nothing is really gained or lost on the athletic field.
I was a very good student, a straight “A” achiever in the classroom. But, no teacher ever made me lead like the athletic field. No class ever made me accountable to the person next to me. No school ever demanded the excellence of the athletic field. Nobody ever made me commit the way my team did. And, no teacher ever asked me to trust the person next to me for my success.
Leadership. Accountability. Excellence. Commitment. Trust.