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When Finishing Last Is Winning

Here is a story that reveals a real sportsman, a young man who immediately understood what was more important, a fellow competitor or a good time in a cross-country event.

Seth Goldstein ran a race in which he will never forget! Here is a bit of the article written by Geoff Calkins:

“A group of kids ran just in front of him. Many more had fallen behind.

“I was feeling good,” said Goldstein, 17. “That’s when everything happened in front of me.”

One of the kids in the pack dropped to the ground. The others raced onward toward the finish line. Goldstein did something altogether different.

He stopped.

He stopped racing. He went to the kid who had fallen, who by this time was in severe distress.

“His lips were turning blue and his eyes were rolled back in his head,” said Goldstein. “I was terrified. But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here. … He stopped. That was the first thing.

“I’m a lifeguard,” he said, as if that explains it all. “It was obvious he needed help.”

Goldstein called for a parent to phone 911. Then he turned back to the kid — a student from Germantown — who had blood bubbling out of his mouth.

“He had bitten his tongue and was bleeding pretty bad,” said Goldstein. “I feared he was going to choke on his blood. I rolled him on his side so he wouldn’t asphyxiate.

It ended well!

“Before long, an ambulance arrived. The real EMTs took over. Whereupon, Goldstein posed a question to the group.

“Can I finish the race?” he said.

Only then did Chandler realize that Goldstein was another competitor.

“The EMTs looked at me kind of funny,” Goldstein said. “They’re like, ‘You’re racing? Well, sure, go ahead. I guess you can finish the race.’ ”

So that’s what Goldstein did. All the other runners were long since done.”

As a Sports Chaplain, you want your athletes to perform well in the sport, but more importantly to be men and women that live their faith at all times. The young man did that. If I was his Dad I would buy him a trophy of some kind to help him remember the best race he ever had!

Written by Ken Cross, Vice President of the Sports Chaplains Network.

Click here to read the original full article.

A Real Man

A Real Man

A Real Man treats woman with respect

A Real Man always acts like a gentleman

A Real Man is always polite, courteous, and considerate of women

A Real Man opens doors, holds umbrellas, and pays honest

compliments when they are do


A Real Man listens to women

A Real Man especially listens to his mother

A Real Man takes care of his mother and all the women in his life

A Real Man protects his sister, watches out for his girlfriend,

and takes care of his women friends


A Real Man respects the strength, courage and intellect of women

A Real Man treats women as equals, not as subservient inferiors

A Real Man treats women as human beings,

Not as objects for his own personal gain or pleasure


A Real Man always does right by the women in his life:

whether they are his family, friends, girlfriends or wife

A Real Man always does right by his family

He is there to be a father to his children,

he sets a good example for the next generation,

and he invests himself fully in his personal relationships


A Real Man always makes time for what is important

And he always makes time for who is important

A Real Man helps make the world a more respectful place

By his words and his deeds

A Real Man helps make the world a safer place for women

A Real Man helps make the world a safer place for all people


A Real Man helps make the world a better, safer more honest,

and more respectful place to live


A Real Man respects all women at all times


“The way you treat women will impact

every other area of your life at some point.”

Tony Dungy


Roger Lipe is the Southern Illinois Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and posted this in a recent blog.


Roger Lipe is the Southern Illinois Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and writes in a recent blog.
I Corinthians 6:11
Who are the best leaders among your teammates?  Would you say that they communicate freely or rather grudgingly?  Today, we’ll all receive a leadership lesson in communication.
In his second letter to the Corinthian church at chapter 6 and verse 11, the Apostle Paul wrote these words, “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you.”  This is the nature of good leadership – free and open communication.
In the first century and in the 21st century, good leadership comes from the open hearts of leaders.  When leaders are open and honest with their teams, following is rather natural and productive.  Good leadership speaks freely and from the heart.  Such speech inspires and encourages teammates to be their best.
Take a moment to examine your personal leadership style, is it characterized by an open heart and free communication?  Do your teammates believe you when you speak to them or do they wonder about what you’re trying to get from them? 
As you approach today’s competition, open wide your hearts to each other and your communication will flourish.  Let your open hearts lead you to a great victory.