“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.” -Phil. 2:3-4
This verse can be read on the back of the warm up shirts of every St. John’s Eagle’s girls and boys basketball player this season. It reflects the attitude of the four teams who represented the mission, vision, and values of St. John’s during the 2018-19 season. St. John’s was blessed to have teams of 4th and 5th grade girls, 5th grade boys (SJ White), 5th & 6th grade boys (SJ Blue), and 6th/7th/8th grade girls represent our school on the court.
The final tournament for both boys teams was at Trinity Freistadt. The tournament was full of tough competition, but SJ Blue brought home the trophy for second place. In addition, Trinity also awards one boys and one girls team a trophy for best sportsmanship. This award is voted on by the officials following each game and reflects the behavior of the coaches, players, and fans of each school. Our St. John’s Blue Team was awarded the Boys Sportsmanship Trophy.
John Saleska, Assistant AD at Trinity Freistadt reflected on why the team received the honor. “One event I witnessed during the tournament perfectly displayed what this award is all about. Easton Oliver from St. John’s WB Blue was on a fast break and missed his layup. He tried to get his own rebound and was called for a foul by the officials. I could tell by the look on his face he was frustrated with himself for missing the layup. Instead of pouting or complaining to the official, Easton took a deep breath to compose himself and reached down to help up the player he had fouled. He asked if the player was O.K. and jogged back to the other end to play defense. We feel highlighting examples of sportsmanship like this are what makes our tournament special.”
Receiving this award highlights the mission of St.John’s Educational Ministries, specifically “Nurturing Faithful Disciples” and “Equipping Christian Leaders.” The values the students are learning each day are carrying over into their extra-curricular activities.