Go For It: Poor Athlete, Great Athlete

“Those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize. Run in such a way that you may win.”  1 Corinthians 9:24

Next time you are tempted to quit, remember the words of the apostle Paul, who among all people knew adversity and obstacles: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). The qualities, which make for a good athlete, will also help you in your personal life. Choose to be a GREAT ATHLETE. Remember, sports are only for a season, but attitude and faith will last a lifetime.

Poor Athlete                                                           Great Athlete

Does not play fair                                                                                            Plays fair

Does not give 100%                                                                                        Gives 100% all the time

Gives up easily                                                                                                Never gives up––NEVER

Has a bad attitude                                                                                           Has a good attitude

Is out for himself / herself                                                                                Is a team player

Discourages others                                                                                         Encourages others

Complains, makes excuses, or blames others                                               Does not complain, make excuses or blame others

Lets himself / herself be defeated by frustration                                             Overcomes frustration by being the best he / she can be

Loses like a poor sport                                                                                    Loses like a good sport

Thinks they are a loser if they lose a game                                                     Realizes that if they play to their maximum potential, then they are a winner – whether the game is lost or won

Are you a Wimp, Whiner or Winner?

Wimp = quitter  Whiner = complainer  Winner = doesn’t quit or complain


“Success does not mean that you always achieve your goals, but that you give your best effort to attain those goals. ... Success is not what you do, but who you are.”

Coach BJ Rudge


Bill Rudge coached soccer for four years. He used these principles to motivate his soccer teams to four championship seasons. Bill encourages players and coaches to never forget:

“His name is more important than my game.”