Winning not always important

Published 6:58 pm Wednesday, December 3, 2008

By Staff
It's hard to say which is tougher to take: Losing in the semi-finals after a 13-game winning streak, or falling short week after week against tough opponents in a new area.
W.S. Neal and T.R. Miller had very different football seasons this year, but both teams learned character lessons from the journeys they took.
That's because sports teach our youth more about life than about winning and losing. They teach them how to work as a team, how to overcome adversity, how to work hard and give everything your best.
Four siblings from T.R. Miller are putting those ideas into action this week when they travel to a national cross country competition.
The three sisters and one brother run just about every day, rain or shine, and their dedication to their sport is one of the main reasons they've gotten so far.
But no matter the outcome of their competition, they will learn more from the experience of training than they will from crossing the finish line.
As important as it is to teach children their ABCs, it is also important that they have a healthy interest in other activities - sports, drama, arts or music. Those activities help teach them how to interact with each other and how to grow into productive adults.
Those activities also teach them how to handle success and failure - and how to learn from each.
Next year will be another season, another schedule for Miller and Neal.
It's not about whether they win or lose, it's about how they win or lose.

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