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While watching college football games this past weekend, there were a number of hard hits that resulted in injury. While none of those hits were meant to cause serious harm, a few resulted in players leaving the game or costing them the rest of the season. 

What impressed me, however, was the sportsmanship and concern for the opponent after those plays took place. Players from both sides were visibly shaken when they realized that there could be a serious injury.

What would your reaction be if you were involved in a situation like that? Would you show compassion and concern for your opponent? 

Injuries are a part of the game. Regardless of the sport they are going to happen. How you react will show others a lot about your character and sportsmanship!

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Regardless of how skilled an individual player becomes in a team sport, there is no one player that becomes more important than the team itself. In other words, the really good player and the team need to mesh in order to reach their full potential.

Do the good players on your team make the effort to fit in and be leaders, or are they more concerned about themselves? 

If you find yourself being one of the top players on your team, be cognizant of the others around you. Don't showboat, don't brag, instead work harder than any one on your team, and always encourage your teammates. 

How you engage with your teammates and coaches will make all of the difference in the success of your team!

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The mother of Kansas City Chief NFL lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif said she taught her kids at a young age that dreams don't mean anything if you don't follow up on them and try to make them happen.

What dreams came true for Laurent? While he has many accomplishments as a professional athlete, he also has the distinction of becoming the first medical doctor to ever play in the NFL. 

Who are the biggest influences in your life? In Laurent's case, he said it was his mom. But how about you? Who pushes you to be better?  Is it your parents? Is it a relative?  A teacher or coach? Someone you have read about or studied?

Regardless of who serves as your biggest influence, there are certain factors like sacrifice, service, humility, dedication, and hard work that make the biggest difference between accomplishment and falling short.

It's never to early to think about what you want to be and how you plan to get there! 

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Longtime professional golfer Fred Couples was quoted in Golf Digest about the opportunities golf has afforded him. It's a great perspective from a man who is very successful and appreciative. And even if you have never heard of him, his message is worth remembering.

"Even if you aren't having an extra good-bad day, always count your blessings. Be thankful you're able to be out on a beautiful course; most people in the world don't have that opportunity."  Why not make the most of every day and make it enjoyable?

Being a high school student-athlete is truly a privilege and a great opportunity. Whether you are a star, starter, or substitute, be thankful for the moments of playing and participating in your sport every day. 

Before you know it you will be a graduating senior and your time will be gone, but hopefully the experience will never be forgotten!

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