Last night we had the opportunity to watch the West Virginia Mountaineers upset the Georgetown Hoyas on their home court in WDC. It was a close game, but the Mountaineers broke it open by ten points in the second half and held on.
As a youth basketball coach (ok Triple Threat – this is your plug!), I know the importance of teaching the teamwork, sportsmanship and hard work in addition to the fundamentals of basketball। Kids watch how the coaches act and react to situations. The best coaches leave an indelible impression on the players they lead.
A colleague from the UK emailed me this Fox News story today and I had to contrast it to the post earlier this week on the importance of good followership (Followership - a leadership story).
Last week, a private Christian school in Dallas, Covenant, defeated the Dallas Academy girls basketball team 100-0 (Fox News link)। Why is it so easy to see the problem with this and yet the coaches of Covenant could not at the time? Afterwards, Covenant did ask the league to pull the game result and ask it to be converted to a forfeit. This is just too late. There are times when a good follower stands up for what is right.
If you want a positive example of players doing what is right – observe the Central Washington University women’s softball team.
When have you seen followers take the risk and stand up for what is right?