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Achievement v Winning

January 23, 2009

Is winning the same thing as high achievement?  Ask the girls at The Dallas Academy in Texas.

The Dallas Academy’s girls basketball team lost to The Covenant School 100-0.  According to the APspectators and an assistant coach were cheering wildly as their team edged closer to 100 points.”

How did The Dallas Academy Girl’s handle their trouncing?  “Even if you are losing, you might as well keep playing,” said Shelby Hyatt, a freshman on the team. “Keep trying, and it’s going to be OK.”

That’s a statement by a high achiever no matter what the score.

The Covenant School officials have recognized their lack of sportsmanship.  “In the statement on the Covenant Web site, Queal said the game “does not reflect a Christ-like and honorable approach to competition. We humbly apologize for our actions and seek the forgiveness of Dallas Academy, TAPPS and our community.”  They have asked league officials to declare the game a forfeit.  A very classy act.

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment.  I get that.  But to be truly above average it takes more than performance.  It takes character.  Character is to admit you were wrong and to try to fix it.  Character also looks like this:

At a shootaround Thursday, several Dallas Academy players said they were frustrated during the game but felt it was a learning opportunity.”

Great job girls!