Champions of Character Parent

All over the country young people are on football fields, soccer pitches, and basketball courts. According to a 2008 CNN report there are estimated 41 million youth sports participants across the United States. That number has risen dramatically over the past two decades. That makes you roughly 1 out of 82 million parents now involved.

Out of the many practices and contests you send your child to they might have the opportunity to not only improve their athletic skills but also learn some valuable life lessons. With intentional parenting and coaching, athletic participation can be a great way to build character.

Be honest with yourself as you evaluate how often you apply the five core values.

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* 2. Integrity - knowing and doing what is right.

  Always Frequently Sometimes Rarely Never
COMMITTED: Set high standards for your behavior & stick to them, even in difficult situations.
COURAGEOUS: Stand up for what you believe is just & good.
HONEST: Choose words & actions that are sincere, not misleading.
DISCIPLINED: Remain dedicated & self-controlled, even when challenged.
RESILIENT: Learn from mistakes & losses; seize the opportunity to improve.

* 3. Respect - treating others the way I want to be treated.

  Always Frequently Sometimes Rarely Never
ACCEPTING: Support everyone’s worth & dignity, regardless of background, abilities or beliefs.
CONSIDERATE: Always be aware of & honor others’ rights & feelings.
ATTENTIVE: Be ready to learn from coaches, officials & other contestants.
ENCOURAGING: Demonstrate concern for the growth & development of all others.
APPRECIATIVE: Value the guidance of supportive adult & student leaders.

* 4. Responsibility - embrace opportunities to contribute.

  Always Frequently Sometimes Rarely Never
HELPFUL: Understand & advance the group’s positive goals.
CONSCIENTIOUS: Be aware & careful of the choices you make.
ACCOUNTABLE: Accept that your actions impact everyone around you.
PERSEVERING: Work through difficulty & discouragement in pursuit of individual & team objectives.
RELIABLE: Prove that others can depend on you.

* 5. Sportsmanship - bring your best to all competiton.

  Always Frequently Sometimes Rarely Never
COOPERATIVE: Join teammates, opponents, coaches & officials in a mutual quest for excellence.
FAIR: Compete skillfully, guided by the letter & spirit of the rules.
GRACIOUS: Savor the challenge of a tough competitor & meet it with your finest performance, win or lose.
HONORABLE: Respect the game & everyone’s contributions.
HUMBLE: Take success in stride – share the credit.

* 6. Servant Leadership - serving the common good while focusing on the team's mission and purpose.

  Always Frequently Sometimes Rarely Never
EMPOWERING: Inspire & help others to grow, succeed & lead.
VISIONARY: Raise expectations for yourself & the team.
INTERCONNECTED: Recognize the vital link between individual effort & group achievement.
GENEROUS: Freely contribute hard work & support to reach the team’s goals.
ENERGETIC: Initiate action - do what needs to be done.
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