This school year two former professional athletes spoke at Calvary. Adrian Peterson, who starred at Georgia Southern as a running back and later played for the Chicago Bears, spoke at chapel, and his message was that he did not get to the pro level by accident. His hard work and preparation at practice as well as in the off-season made him into an outstanding player. After chapel he gave autographs with the words “hard work pays off” below his name.
This past week Dr. Paula McGee, a two time NCAA women’s basketball champion from USC and former WABA player, spoke to a number of our students after school in the gym. Harlem Globetrotters great Larry “Gator” Rivers introduced her (she had a tryout with the Globetrotters). She emphasized having a dream or goal, having a plan to make that dream happen, and then working hard at that plan to make the dream happen. She said that this applies from both an athletic and academic perspective. Her educational background includes a Master of Arts in Religion from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in women’s studies from Claremont Graduate University.
The underlining message from both of these great players was the same.
They would not have reached the highest level without a plan and extreme hard work.
This message needs to be constantly reinforced to our students. Reaching a high level, academically and/or athletically, requires constant preparation. With the summer rapidly approaching, students need to have a plan that will help them to get to the level they would like to achieve. Whether it is a camp, on your own in the backyard, going to the library or the many other possibilities to improve athletically and academically, it is time to get to work.