High Character Always Has Been And Will Remain Undefeated
HIGH CHARACTER ALWAYS HAS BEEN AND WILL REMAIN UNDEFEATED
By Tripp Roakes, South Charlotte Sports Report
I am always saddened to watch all the praise that is tossed on professional,
college and prep athletes that have low character. These individuals are
made out to be special because of their athletic talents with no concern as to
what type of personal character they are composed with. The examples are
endless and come right at us on a daily basis in headlines such as these:
* PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL STANDOUT ARRESTED FOR THE FOURTH TIME
* HIGH SCHOOL STAR UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR FELONY
Usually these headlines follow numerous stories about how great the player
is at his sport, how many touchdowns he has scored or that a Top 20 college
football team has offered a scholarship. I commend these kids for having a
special athletic talent, but the lesson to learn here is how it also requires high
character and the ability and desire to make correct decisions in life to truly
find success. Academic success and a quality education is of extreme value
for those hoping to stay on a path to the top in life. Athletic success can
come to a screeching halt with one wrong turn of the knee or a pop inside
the wrong muscle. High character and a strong education can never be
taken away from you as long as you stay true to yourself.
As the South Charlotte Sports Report closes in on ten years of publishing, I
am proud to say that I have stayed very true to our commitment to highlight
STUDENT-athletes and to promote the value of being a “good kid” with high
character and commitment to staying on the good side of life. Yes, “good
kids” can fall of the tracks and lose the character we have instilled in them.
We as parents, coaches and mentors, must do all we can to educate, guide
and support them along the path to adulthood. Make it a practice to preach
high character over high batting average, high grades over points per game
and good decisions over tackles and sacks. It’s also very important to follow
the ABC (Avoid Bad Company) message that I deliver regularly in the South
Charlotte Sports Report.
I am often asked why I take the time to speak to youth groups and publish
columns and operate the South Charlotte Sports Report. It’s real easy for me
to answer; I want to see all kids do well, I want to see kids do their best in
the classroom and I want to see kids stay trouble free and have a chance at a
great future. With the construction of high character in our children, we can
give these kids the best chance possible to become a success in life.
Yes, it’s true, high character always has been and will remain undefeated.