I’m a pretty competitive person when it comes to sports. Whether playing, watching, or coaching, I like to win (well…who doesn’t?) and this competitiveness manifests itself in my intensity, my words, and my actions.
Today, Jacob’s grade 6 boys volleyball team from St. Paul Elementary School began the defense of their CISVA (Catholic Independent Schools Vancouver Archdiocese) championship from last year by going undefeated in the qualifying tournament. The team will hope to repeat as champs next Tuesday when they play at the day-long championships.
I’ve been coaching this team all season and it’s been a lot of fun…despite the early morning practices. They are a talented and fun bunch of guys. They are (mostly) respectful (haha) and generally trust me and my coaching decisions. There are some really good athletes on the team and when the best guys are playing their best, I truly don’t think there’s another school that can beat them.
Last Friday night, I had the opportunity to address 150 of our Spirit Day volunteers at their orientation prior to the big event on Saturday and Sunday. The majority of these volunteers were in grades 10, 11, and 12.
“How many of you went to Spirit Day as a grade 7 student?” I asked.
I’d guess that 75% – 80% of the students raised their hands.
I continued, “So why are you volunteering this weekend?”
“To give back,” one student replied.
“So the grade 7s can experience the same joy that I did when I attended,” answered another.