Respect is something that you earn, that is something I was always taught. You do not have to be friends with someone to respect them. Just like discipline respect starts with self respect. If you do not respect yourself how can you respect someone else. This leads me to all the taunting and disrespect that is going on today in sport. The essence of competition is to strive together with the competition in order to raise the level of play and then the best team or individual will win. They will win not by putting down the competition, but by respecting and honoring their effort. It is not possible to be a champion without a worthy opponent.


At 9/11/06, 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Echoing Vern's sentiment regarding the disrespect in sports today, check out "Teaching Tolerance" magazine's latest issue and the story "2-4-6-Hate." The following is a link to the story http://www.tolerance.org/teach/magazine/features.jsp?p=0&is=39&ar=680
As adults, we also have to be committed to calling out this type of behavior when we see or hear it. To be silent, is to be part of the problem.

Jill Gerber

At 9/11/06, 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My high school coach

"always respect, never fear".


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