True CHAMPIONS are made, not born. CHAMPIONS are made in adversity. Bad days, problems,
heartaches, and losses are all necessary elements in molding CHAMPIONS.
Character is built in the storm. It is not built in prosperity; it is built in adversity. You develop
strength when you are in trouble. Learning to handle opposition rightly will make you a
CHAMPIONS don't let their circumstances affect their character. Bad games, bad plays, bad
breaks do not change their will to prepare, their will to strive and fight for excellence every
chance they get... everyday... all day long.
CHAMPIONS realize that sometimes they fail...maybe often and over and over. But they know
that is what makes them strong.
The "Mark" of a CHAMPION is how they respond each time they fail. The CHAMPION chooses to
forget their failures and fight on again. Their motto is "knocked down seven times, get up eight!"
The CHAMPION'S theme is "Competition Breeds Excellence"
A CHAMPION lives above pressure, but thrives on it.
CHAMPIONS love competition - the challenge of becoming more disciplined, more intense, more
prepared. They realize the harder the battle is, the greater the adversity - the stronger they'll
become and the quicker they'll achieve their goals.
CHAMPIONS relish the battle. They are driven to excel. CHAMPIONS thrill to the joy of the
CHAMPIONS never desire their opponents fail or get injured. In fact, they actually want them
to play well; because the better the opposition plays the greater the CHAMPION is challenged
to perform! It is a double win!
A CHAMPION is single-minded in purpose. A CHAMPION lets nothing interfere with their priority
- becoming the best they possibly can become. A CHAMPION is not sidetracked by distractions
or by things that do not help them reach their goals.
CHAMPIONS never worry about things they can't control, they realize they can only control
themselves and their attitude.
CHAMPIONS never quit. They don't even know what the word "quit" means. They only know to
keep working, to keep striving... regardless of circumstances.
CHAMPIONS don't care whether there are 5 or 50,000 people at the game... or even it's a game
or practice. They only know that each and every situation is a chance, a chance to improve.
Scoreboards or team records do not affect CHAMPIONS. Whether the score is 50-0 or 0-50,
whether they are 0-10 or 10-0, they play the same and practice the same - All Out!
CHAMPIONS are interested in learning all they can, mastering skills and responsibilities,
acquiring every characteristic that helps them gain the edge.
A CHAMPION is willing to pay the price - whatever it takes!
A CHAMPION knows that winning is a by-product of being committed to excellence - winning
takes care of itself.
CHAMPIONS are never satisfied with their performance, but are always content with the fact
that they are continually striving to get better.
CHAMPIONS realize that some days, even most days - they don't "feel" like working, striving,
paying the price to becoming a CHAMPION. But then they remember, or another CHAMPION
reminds them, that being a CHAMPION is a choice they make over and over and over each
day...and so they make that choice again
CHAMPIONS never make excuses, grumble, complain, point fingers, or talk about other people.
They only talk about how they can get better.
CHAMPIONS are uncomfortable with imperfection - always pursuing perfection, while knowing
it can never fully be reached, but loving the battle of trying to reach it. They Fight For
CHAMPIONS are committed to Excellence... always... only.
The difference between CHAMPIONS and everyone else is very simple. CHAMPIONS are always
willing to do the "Little Things.” That's the simple difference.
A CHAMPION is not an individual star necessarily - but a team player that knows how to
function with others.
CHAMPIONS know they have to learn to serve - before they will ever know how to lead.
Being a CHAMPION has nothing to do with being #1, or the amount of playing time a person
gets. In fact, being a CHAMPION is not exclusively a characteristic of athletes - there are
CHAMPIONS in all facets of life: students can become CHAMPIONS, parents also... anyone can!
We're talking about character, not winning and losing - CHAMPIONSHIP CHARACTER!
CHAMPIONS will inspire their teammates to play harder, more intensely, by their example. They
walk their talk.
CHAMPIONS hang around other CHAMPIONS because they want to be influenced by each other's
character. Nothing hinders them from their goal.
CHAMPIONS know that to be a CHAMPION they must be committed to excellence in everything
they do, in every situation - whether at home, at school, at work, or at play. They realize that it
is impossible to be committed to excellence in one thing and not another, because being a
CHAMPION is not what you do but WHO YOU ARE... IT'S CHARACTER!
Being a CHAMPION has nothing to do with success and failure on the scoreboard, it has to do
with choosing to have a CHAMPIONSHIP CHARACTER every moment of every day.
Above all, being... BECOMING A CHAMPION is a CHOICE YOU MAKE EACH DAY.
What Will You Choose?
Written By: Scotty Kessler
Former Head Football Coach @ Greenville College
Modified Format By: David L. Neighbors, MD
Assistant Baseball Coach @ Wesclin High School
& Bob Montgomery Morrisonville High School