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Winning is Not the Point

August is officially here, and county (and state) fair season is under way, and with it comes many different emotions and outcomes for the participants.  It's easy to get caught up in the competition of it all - but there is so much more to participating in these events. 

An very well written article has been shared on Facebook recently that touches on this fact. 

With each passing week as the summer rolls on, another junior national comes to a close and more county fairs have named their champions. Maybe you won the banner. Maybe you won your class. Maybe you didn’t bring home any new hardware. Maybe you worked the better part of a year on this project and now feel like you’ve got nothing to show for it.

“But winning is not the point.” Pat Summitt, legendary women’s basketball coach, passed away recently and, among the many articles and tributes I read in the days following her death, I came across a column dated June 28, 2016, in the Washington Post written by Sally Jenkins. Included in the column was a letter that Coach Pat Summitt wrote to one of her young players in 1982.

The first paragraph of the letter reads:

“Shelia, This is your first game. I hope you win for your sake, not mine. Because winning’s nice. It’s a good feeling. Like the whole world is yours. But it passes, this feeling. And what lasts is what you’ve learned. And what you’ve learned about is — life. That’s what sport is all about — life!”

To read the rest of the article, click here.  And good luck at your next show - but remember that the lessons learned are so much more valuable than whatever ribbon or trophy you may take home.


Monday, August 01, 2016
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