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“It is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game” — Grantland Rice

Most people today do not buy into that concept. Now winning and losing is a matter of life and death. Today people may consider lying, cheating, using misinformation or any method to succeed, win or get rich.

Today the pressure on an individual to develop and improve in a sport can be overwhelming. The stresses put on body and mind can lead to physical and emotional problems not only now but in the years to come. Add to this a season in which defeat is a weekly event and many times by very lopsided scores, the sense of failure can be very disheartening.

Two of our Lancer teams experienced many losses and we cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for them, their parents, families and coaches. So what is to be gained from this experience?

We will answer in one word “Character.” Character is defined as the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.

Only these players know if they each honestly gave their all in practices and games. If they followed the rules and stayed true to their teammates a better “character” will be the result. Some day those character traits of honesty, hard work, loyalty and courage will pay dividends. We have seen people that were successful in their early life become failures later on. Why? They never learned to deal with adversity and failure because success had been too easy.

So to each member of the not so successful Lancer teams your future character will be determined by “how you play the game.”

Proud of you.

Steve Mau and Rick Boyer, La Crescent

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