Dear Friends and Supporters:
Congratulations to Harrison Little League Teams who wrapped up their seasons last week. It was an amazing gift to be back outside, in (mostly) beautiful weather, seeing our kids laugh, play and compete. But as the seasons wind down, for me, as a coach, the end of the year always brings to mind lifelong lessons that we hope to instill in our children as a result of playing sports. These lessons are just as relevant to what we do today as adults as they were to us on the playing field as kids.
Hard work ultimately pays off
Whether it’s getting up early in the morning for practice or doing a few more drills in the midday sun to stay on top of one’s game, hard work is key to being successful at anything. As we grow up, we still have to put in the time and effort to do things the right way. As a town board, this means thorough preparation, gathering all relevant information, and speaking with and listening to people with opposing views before making decisions. Ultimately, as with players who put in the extra time, doing things the hard way is usually the only way to do them right.
The value of working as a team
Each player on a team has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. The value of teamwork comes from the ability to employ each player’s strengths to their fullest advantage, leaning on each other and ultimately creating something bigger and better than any one player. As a town board, it is vitally important that we adhere to the principle that collaborative action, including debate and cooperation, produce the best results for those we are “playing” for – you, the residents.
Being a good winner or loser
Every good coach teaches his or her team that you shouldn’t argue with the umpires, you must play fair, and you must tip your hat to the other team at the end of the game – win or lose. This sportsmanship is about respect, and accepting the fact that everything doesn’t always go your way. At times, we lose patience and self-control as we grow older. But how we respond when things defy our wishes defines our character. And patience, self-control and remembering that, despite any disagreements, it’s still best to shake hands at the end of the day should be the defining characteristics of our town board.
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