Guilderland, NY – For the first time in decades, our Dutchmen bowling team will represent Section 2 at the New York State championships on March 4. This is a huge achievement and so awesome for our school. Congratulations to all players and coaches!
So, as you can see, this month events have conspired to bring me back to bowling and our local lanes right down the street from Guilderland Martial Arts, Town-n-Country. We spend a lot of quality time there with our students and it is the home alley for the GHS bowling team. I was just there with 10 students during our winter recess camp having our usual bowling and great pizza fun. I was speaking with Jack, the owner and a community member of great character. He explained just how happy he was for our bowling team and their success. He has done a lot for many of the players, the team and the sport over the years. He was also the second person that explained that despite challenging times during the Section 2 championship, the team demonstrated excellent character and positive attitude and that he felt some of it was related to participation in other sports, particularly football.
This is the perfect opportunity to remind you that the great character we learn throughout our lives in sports such as bowling, football and martial arts helps us become successful in all other aspects of our lives. It was quite satisfying to realize that Mete had a role in applying his martial arts and football character to a situation where positive attitude and perseverance were necessary to help keep the team’s focus and power through to victory. For years Mete has been performing under pressure at Taekwondo tournaments and football games where precision, discipline and focus under duress are necessary. This type of experience among all of the players of the bowling team allowed them to come together and come back to quiet a very active opponent crowd.
I do not know all of the players on the team well, but I do know that in the picture above, three have studied taekwondo with me, two of those are Blackbelts and two are football players. This new lesson of perseverance will contribute to the future success of all of these players and serves as a lesson for us all that positive attitude is the key to success, especially under duress. It also reminds us that sports and competition matter very much to the development of great character for our children!
My congratulation once again to the bowling team and my colleague Coach Marino on their success, and I wish you the best of positive attitude and success at States!