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EDITORIAL: Sport life lessons

Posted 8/6/22

We rubbed elbows the other night with humility, grace and humanity at the Rome Sports Hall of Fame dinner honoring six new inductees. Two of the six were represented by others who spoke for them. …

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EDITORIAL: Sport life lessons

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We rubbed elbows the other night with humility, grace and humanity at the Rome Sports Hall of Fame dinner honoring six new inductees.

Two of the six were represented by others who spoke for them.

Collectively, they distilled hundreds of years of personal experience to remind others of the lessons learned of what matters and why.

Showing up on time and ready matters, because you only have so much time to practice and to compete — and only so much lifetime to live. Making sound decisions matters, because lifelong consequences follow.

Working to your limits matters, because you are the one who can focus effort and attention.

Be sure to listen to others, because you don’t know everything.

Don’t shortchange other learning because your first real paycheck will likely come from another field than sport. Finally, remember that there is no participation trophy in life.

Too often such lessons slip past government school curricula.

Charles Dickens knew that 150 years ago when, in Hard Times, he chastised British academics for pushing what was then the latest in thought and technology instead of deeper lessons of life.

All the speakers reminded the audience to respect and revere those who made these life lessons possible: parents, grandparents, siblings, teammates, and coaches. They supported you. They invested in you. Your turn to look for your opportunity to invest in others.

After receiving her plaque, a petite young Special Olympian medalist earned a standing ovation for daring, with the biggest smile and confidence, to step to the microphone to thank her family and all the others who guided and supported her during her efforts.

It was more than refreshing; It reaffirmed the character and quality Rome families have produced, mentored, and cheered over generations.

Do support our unique and special Rome Sports Hall of Fame. One could see, throughout the dinner, fresh faces of new athletes, listening intently, and absorbing carefully, the lessons of those in whose paths they will follow.

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