Coach Turner occasionally sends our team into a classroom before the start of practice. We discuss a wide array of topics such as game strategies, team cohesiveness, and scholastic progress. At our last team meeting, I recall Coach asking us an open-ended question that I have been pondering for the last week and half. I think that I have finally come up with a reasonable answer to his question regarding, “what is more important: your character or your reputation?” Character is who you are as it consists of the mental and moral qualities unique to every individual. Reputation on the other hand is how others perceive you based upon opinions formed about you. At the time Coach presented his question, I thought that reputation was more important than character and now that I look back at my first instinct I realize that I could not be any more wrong. Character defines who someone is without taking into account other people’s feelings about that person. A single person or event can destroy somebody’s reputation, but that does not necessarily make that person a bad person. In fact, reputations are destroyed everyday based upon perception. If one person starts talking about someone else in an undesirable manner and other gullible people buy into it, that person will then hold a negative reputation. At the end of the day, it should not matter what particular individuals think about you as long as you know that you do not lie, cheat, or steal and always strike a fair deal. That is the thing about character – it is developed most substantially when other people are not watching. As long as one may sleep at night with a guiltless conscience knowing that he/she has done everything he/she can to become successful the honest way, then his/her reputation, good or bad, is meaningless. I have come to the point in my life that I now realize what others say or think about me does not matter as long as I know that I am doing the right thing. Coach is trying to teach us that it is better to stand alone and fight for the right thing as opposed to sacrificing our values to fit in with other people. As a team, I think that we are all starting to realize this concept as we open our eyes to what Coach is preaching to us about individuality and choices. In my opinion, Coach is teaching the team a lot more than just the game of basketball. He is teaching the Lady Titans about being good people which will take this team a lot further in life than dribbling a basketball or acing a test ever will.
We recently won our season home opener against South Carroll by ten points. It was a fairly big win for the team considering that we only had eight people suited up to play. This week, we face the South Hagerstown Rebels on the road. We know that they are going to be a tough team to beat and we will work hard preparing for the game.
“Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.”-Vince Lombardi