The above quotation comes from a 2000 homily given by the late Pope John Paul II.
As we tip-off the 2012-13 basketball season, let us remember why we play and why we cheer. As coaches, players and parents of children at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, we represent not only our families, but our church and pastor.
Always remember that our our opponents – even the officials – are our brothers and sisters in Christ.
NEW THIS YEAR
The league has created a Sportsmanship Award for the Midget, Junior and Senior divisions. Coaches will be asked to vote within their divisions for the church (other than their own) that displayed the highest level of sportsmanship during the season. This is an exciting new program and we appreciate all the sportsmanship support from coaches, players and parents.
Catholic Athletes for Christ, a nonprofit based in Alexandria, Va., lists seven core virtues for athletes and those involved in sports:
1) Charity is the virtue of putting others before ourselves.
2) Honesty is the virtue of being conformed and dedicated to the Truth.
3) Humility is the virtue of being aware that God is the author of all good, and the realization that we are not God.
4) Meekness is the virtue of submitting to will of others out of respect and deference for their dignity as a person.
5) Moderation, also known as temperance, is the virtue of being in control of our passions and having self-mastery.
6) Purity, also known as chastity, is the virtue of being clean in mind and body, as well as modest in our dress and speech.
7) Good-Sportsmanship is the virtue of treating others with dignity and respect in sporting events; winning with graciousness and loosing with dignity and honor.
To find out more about Catholic Athletes for Christ, click here.