TRAEGER’S PURPOSE OF SPORT

The New Prioritized Purpose Of Sport By Oregon Head Football Coach Randy Traeger:

“To use all youth sports activities primarily as a context to teach virtue:

“To teach our youth about virtuous concepts such as humility, faith, hope, love, courage, discipline, leadership, work ethic, empathy, thankfulness, and more.

“To teach our youth that just like training is essential for competition, so is doing schoolwork necessary to acquire knowledge needed in their future work or professional duties.

“To teach our youth about the need to surpass known physical capacities in order to obtain victory, as a life lesson about total devotion to the task undertaken.

“To teach our youth about continuing to compete when exhausted, as a life lesson about not getting discouraged in the pursuit of objectives in every day life.

“To teach our youth the importance of sacrificing personal interest for that of the team.

“To teach our youth about uniting wills for a common purpose which forms the attitude of solidarity, so badly needed in today’s individualistic, self centered life of consumerism.

“To teach our youth through friendly competition, a more brotherly vision in life as we exchange differing ideas with fellow man.

“Finally, that our youth come to understand that lessons learned about virtue are the most important motivation in athletic contests, with victory only a by-product that should not create foolish pride, and defeat a reality of life that should not breed discouragement. We need to teach our kids in sport that just like in life, victory and defeat are both “impostors” and that reality lies somewhere between both.”
[SPORTSLEADER, APRIL 7, 2010 THE PURPOSE OF SPORT BY RANDY TRAEGER, HEAD COACH OREGONFOOTBALL

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