Love the game

Taking the occasion of ringing out the old, I am coming across some gems.

I think this was sent to the kids last season in an email – not sure.  But it bears repeating.

And as I woke up to snow on the ground, I could not help but think of being in the first huddle of the season with all of you.

“Love the game.

Love the game for the pure joy of accomplishment.

Love the game for everything it can teach you about yourself.

Love the game for the feeling of belonging to a group endeavoring to do its best.

Love the game for the challenge of working harder than you ever have at something, and then, harder than that.

Love the game because it takes all team members to give it life.

Love the game because at its best, the game’s tradition will include your contributions.

Love the game because you belong to a long line of fine athletes who have loved it.

It is now your legacy.

Love the game so much that you will pass on your love of the game to another athlete who has seen your dedication, your work, your challenges, your triumphs…

…and then…

…that athlete will, because of you, love the game.”

Anonymous

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