Friday, January 23, 2009

Winning has become a four-letter word

Since when did winning become a bad thing? Isn't it human nature to try and win? That's how our human ancestors survived! If they failed, it usually meant death.

A Texas girls basketball team won a game 100-0. Quite an upset. Now officials from The Covenant School say they are trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory. Now we have to apologize for being sucessful????? Hold on...I've got to duct tape my head cause it's going to explode! I just can not understand the logic behind this "school official's" statement.

"It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened," Kyle Queal, the head of the school, said in a statement, adding the forfeit was requested because "a victory without honor is a great loss." WHAT???

"I think the bad judgment was in the full-court press and the 3-point shots," said Renee Peloza, whose daughter plays for Dallas Academy. "At some point, they should have backed off." I bet she blames the teachers when her daughter fails too!

The students of the losing team are the real heroes here..."At a shootaround Thursday, several Dallas Academy players said they were frustrated during the game but felt it was a learning opportunity." "Even if you are losing, you might as well keep playing," said Shelby Hyatt, a freshman on the team. "Keep trying, and it's going to be OK."

I want my girls to experience both loss and success. You've got to be a gracious winner as well as loser, but I also want them to be proud of their wins if they have worked hard to achieve success, not be ashamed of it.

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1 comment:

  1. We are living in the age or helping kids feel good about themselves regardless of their actions... Interestingly, they have to shoot down the winners in order to help the losers feel better about their lack of skill on the ball court. It's so sad. :(

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