Workshop Wrap-Up: Ursinus College and Haverford College
SportsChallenge facilitated two Workshops on Thursday, October 20, both at Division III liberal arts colleges located outside of Philadelphia. The first was with the men’s basketball team at Ursinus College, coached by SportsChallenge co-founder Kevin Small. The second was the 6th and final seminar with the fall and winter athletic captains at Haverford College.
Ursinus College – The Ursinus Men’s basketball team entered the room with high energy and laughter, however, the team was noticeably sore and exhausted as it was the second day of the season; Coach Small is working them hard, and it showed! The workshop settled in and an in-depth conversation about emotions, motivation, and circle of control unfolded. “You may not have control over your gut emotional reaction,” facilitator Jeremy Edwards explained, “but you can control how you react to that situation.” Staying focused on the team and not worrying about ‘the me’ -- looking through the window instead of in the mirror -- makes for a more effective leader. An extraordinary leader must spend all their energy on what you can control. With this in mind, the players happily listed the quality of the referees as something outside of their control! Remember to remain focused on what is within your control and openly communicate with your teammates throughout this season!
Good luck this year!
Haverford College – There were 30 seconds remaining to get all team members safely off the swamp. One team, with 4 team members still stranded in the middle of the imaginary muddy water containing lurking monsters (in reality the hallway and carpet were the setting) chose to put one team member on another’s back! This strategy was successful as all four safely crossed onto solid land before time was up. Teamwork, understanding group dynamics, and communication were a few of the main objectives of the game, called Swamp Monster.
After the exciting beginning, the workshop delved into an engaging discussion on integrity – matching your professed beliefs with your actions. Core values and not swaying from your moral compass were two main takeaways. The best and most effective leaders remain faithful to their standards. The fall/winter Captains left the 6th seminar with more tools added to their leadership repertoire already replete with applicable tools gained throughout this semester’s SportsChallenge workshops. The Haverford captains are certainly prepared to be tremendous leaders on and off the field.
SportsChallenge looks forward to working with the spring athletic Captains later this year!
Great work Ursinus and Haverford!
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