IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (2-9-15)
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A few weeks ago a Hall of Fame baseball player from the past, Ernie Banks, passed away. Known as “Mr. Cub”, Banks had the reputation of being the ultimate professional, even though his team, the Chicago Cubs, never won the pennant.
In an article in Sports Illustrated, writer Rich Cohen paid tribute to Banks and his fabulous career. “Too much is made of the winners; it’s the losers that show you how to live.”
Banks wasn’t a loser, his teams just couldn’t win it all. He thrilled the fans of Chicago every day for over 20 years with his hustle, ability, attitude, and enthusiasm for the game that has never been surpassed by any other Cub player!
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Couldn’t agree more. Winning is the goal, but don’t forget to appreciate the opportunity to just play the sport you love, win or lose!! Sometimes when things turn sour, some kids just give up because they lose all enjoyment in playing. Again, be thankful for the opportunity you have to enjoy the chance to just play your chosen sport with your friends and to play as hard as you can. If you play well enough? You win. If not? At least you did your best and have nothing to be ashamed of. Sometime the opponent is just better. Tip your cap, tell your opponents “great game”, and move on to the next one!