GAMEDAY: SEASON 3 – SEMESTER 2 – FAMILY

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Reliability: Soccer

We teach students their ABCs and counting before teaching them to read and do math. This is the obvious way to do things because without knowledge of the letters and numbers, they don’t have the basic components required to learn how to write or add. The same is true in sports like soccer.
Becoming a FIFA World Cup champion starts with learning the building blocks of soccer, like dribbling, passing, and receiving, because these are the foundation of the game. The best of the best are masters of the basics; they become reliable and trustworthy with the little things over time. Everyone starts with learning the little things.

Boldness: Tennis

Boldness, courage, and bravery are traits that all boil down to the same concept: being willing to go first. We often think of first responders like emergency medical techs, firefighters, and police. Or we think of the men and women serving in the military. But society’s need for bold people to do dangerous and important roles isn’t the only reason that going first matters.
When someone is bold enough to go first, that invites the others around them to join in, too. This can be on a grand scale, like Arthur Ashe helping to pave the way for black athletes to play professional tennis. Or it can be on a smaller scale, like when a student stands up for a peer against a bully. No matter the scale, boldness matters.

Composure: Scuba

SCUBA divers have to know how to use their gear, remember to breathe consistently, and stay in communication with their dive partners. All of this requires composure, so divers learn to stay calm under pressure while becoming certified.
Sometimes our students have big emotions that they don’t know how to channel in appropriate ways. This distresses the student and distracts the rest of the class. Like SCUBA divers, our students can learn to use the tools available to them to stay calm when they want to freak out.

Loyalty: Mascots

People get really passionate about things that they like and identify with, and that passion inspires loyalty. Whether we’re talking about candy, sports, or cities, people are loyal to their team. And no one exemplifies loyalty better than team mascots. These costume-wearing entertainers are fantastic athletes in their own right, but they use their talents and energy to encourage others to support their team. Win or lose, rain or shine, mascots are there to support their team, no matter what.

Diligence: Fishing

Any type of fishing takes patience, but fly-fishing in particular requires diligence. Anglers have to move carefully so they don’t spook the flighty trout. Anglers also have to keep trying multiple types of fly patterns to attract these picky-eater fish. Care and persistence are two skills that will help our students overcome obstacles as they learn and grow. When these skills are combined, we call that diligence.

RESPECT: Track & Field

When someone else’s best is different from our best, it can be easy to become discouraged that we aren’t as good or to become arrogant if we see ourselves as better than others. Either way, the easy route is not the respectful route. Respect means being thankful for our teammates and their skills. That means being thankful for their differences from us. If someone else on our team is faster, stronger, or smarter than we are, that’s a good thing! It means our team has a mixture of skills and abilities that will help us all achieve our best.

Curiosity: Bobsledding

What do we do when we want to know more about something? Ask questions! Whether we ask a person in the room with us or the Internet, questions are how we start to learn more when we are curious about a topic.
This method can be used to ask serious questions like: How does gravity work? Or it can be used to ask fun questions like: How does a team from a tropical island practice for a bobsled event? Curiosity and questions help us learn about the world around us.

EMPATHY: Pickle Ball

Sports are a great way to build relationships with other people because they encourage important social skills like compassion, empathy, and kindness. Empathy means understanding and caring about another person’s feelings. When we comfort a friend after they lose a game because we know what it feels like to lose, we’re expressing empathy. Sports like pickleball, which focuses on accessibility for players of all levels, are great for fostering empathy.

Punctuality: Synchronized Swimming

Punctuality is important in most areas of life because being on time is one way that we show respect for others. In sports, punctuality helps us arrive on time for practice, but it also helps us get to our spot on the field (or in the pool) when we need to. For example, timing is everything in synchronized swimming. If even one team member is late at some point in the choreography, the whole team’s score goes down. Everyone has to be serious about being on time if the team is going to succeed.
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