What's Happening in Character?

Character Development Through Sport

Posted by Sarah Pickens on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 @ 09:07 AM


Soccer has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. From playing on recreational youth teams, to college, and now to my job today, soccer has been there.

While learning the fundamentals of the game was the objective, I also learned there was much more to soccer than the physical skill set. Soccer taught me sportsmanship and how to work on a team. It taught me how to handle unexpected challenges and use critical thinking to evaluate the situation. It even taught me to reach for water when I might have grabbed a soda.

While some skills did not come as quickly as others, I could a

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Topics: sports, Youth Sports

Final score: 161-2

Posted by Dave Keller on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

Sadly, 2015 has already produced its share of disappointing sports stories. In the midst of more well-covered national stories, you might have missed this story from a few weeks ago: A high school girls basketball coach in California was suspended for two games after his team beat another team 161-2.

That’s not a typo.

I’m not kidding.

The final score was 161-2.

That headline brought so many questions to my mind. How is that possible? How did two teams of such unequal talent end up playing each other in the first place? Why would the winning coach allow his players to continue scoring? Is this one of the worst examples of sportsmanship in recent memory, or is there more to the story?

I’ll come back to this story a little later.

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Topics: sports

Character & Class: Why We Love #42

Posted by Dave Keller on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 20:07 PM

By Dave Keller, Director of Transformation & Strategic Initiatives

The moment last night was powerful and uplifting --- and well deserved.

In the history of Major League Baseball, no one has done what New
York Yankees’ relief pitcher Mariano Rivera has done.  Simply put:  He is the greatest closing relief pitcher ever.

But that’s not why I’m writing about him in a character blog. 

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Topics: character, character education, core values, role models, sports