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An extraordinary sports season starts with the athletes recognizing the gift in the coach and letting that gift pour into them.

The gift in a coach or teacher is not something that an individual can acquire. It’s not a result of actually being a great athlete in the sport they are coaching. It comes from a higher source. It is a gift that God put into them. It is the ability to teach, train, prepare, instruct and draw out the best in another person to help them become a better individual and athlete.

There are some tremendous athletes who would be horrible coaches and some tremendous coaches who are horrible athletes. The gift of coaching doesn’t stem from stellar personal athletic achievements found on a resume. It goes much deeper. It is their intrinsic ability to take an ordinary individual or team and make them extraordinary.



How does a coach do this? They do it unconsciously by pouring out from the gift within themselves and into the individuals on the team. But it cannot happen if the athlete doesn’t recognize and respect the gift that is in their coach.

How many times have you seen a player or a team with tremendous skills and potential fall far below expectations? In most cases you could trace it back to a lack of respect for the coach and his or her methods. When an athlete closes his or her mind and heart to their coach, nothing can get in.



On the other hand, haven’t you witnessed an athlete or team with modest skills and potential rise quickly from mediocrity to prominence within a season or two? When an athlete or team recognizes and respects the gift in their coach and unwraps it, astonishing knowledge and insight will pour out. It is often information that a coach never even knew they had in them. Phenomenal results begin to take place with no natural explanation for it.

Parents also need to set an example and demonstrate this respect and honor with their words and actions. Parents, you too are pouring from what’s in you into your kids. Let’s have an extraordinary season.

Jim Suminski

Rifle

On July 17, the Obama for America Campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Ohio Democratic Party filed suit in Ohio to strike down part of that state’s law governing voting by members of the military. Their suit said that part of the law is “arbitrary” with “no discernible rational basis.”

I know I am not the only one disgusted with how that pretender in the White House is constantly suing one state after another – at our expense. The left scream that voter ID laws disenfranchise minority voters yet work overtime to disenfranchise our soldiers. It’s time to put a stop to this insanity.

Just one more obvious example of just how out-of-touch and selfish is this current administration. Anyone with a brain knows the military has the most difficult time getting their votes counted due to time constraints. Obama is only concerned about his re-election. Because of proposed budget cuts to military spending, Obama fears backlash from military personnel at the voting booths. He should be afraid, very afraid. His total lack of respect for the military and our need for a strong defense is screaming at us at every turn.

Additionally, patriotic Americans need to demand that the ballots get to those overseas quickly so the ballots can be returned in time to be counted. The men and women in our armed forces protect us. The least we can do is stand up and protect their right to vote.

Juanita R. Williams

Parachute


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