Saturday, 20 November 2010

Coach's Award

" . . . as voted on by all the coaches. This player demonstrates commitment, a positive attitude, and is hard working. He stands out in dedication and athleticism. Basically if we could have 40 of any one player who would it be?"

Congratulations Steven!

About a month ago Steven gave a talk in Sacrament Meeting on the subject of patience. He referred to the April 2010 conference talk by Elder Uchtdorf: 

"I learned that patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen—patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn’t appear instantly or without effort. There is an important concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"
Steven shared his experience as a first year bantam football player (in 2009) and the active patience it required to be in the youngest age group on the team, second string, but how the payoff came this season where he had the opportunity to play almost every minute of every game.

I think Steven earned this award from his first practise that first year of Bantam. Nice work Steve.


Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I'm glad you told us the background to the story, too.

40 more just like him...what an award.

Christy said...

Yay Steven!! Congratulations!

Jill said...

Wow, what a huge compliment and great motivator! I'm so glad his efforts paid off and that it only took one year of being 2nd string to learn that lesson in patience. Wow!

Mrs.N said...

YEAH STEVEN!!!!!!!!!!

Marie said...

I think more kids like Steven would be a great thing. And not just for football, either!

michelle said...

40 more like him is a great compliment!

I love those thoughts on patience. I think I need to go ruminate on those for awhile.