Character

Character

None of this is really about football. We’re going to get scored on eventually and lose a game, and that doesn’t mean anything. What I hope we’re doing is sending kids into life who know that every day means something. Sure we like our football around here, but we truly believe it takes a whole town to raise a child, and that’s worth a whole lot more.” – Roger Barta

The Norton Black Knights were founded with the purpose of developing team chemistry, character and a winning attitude in the youth football players and cheerleaders that participate in the program. The “end-product” of participation in this program is not the wins, losses, championships or trophys earned, it’s what the young men and women become 20 years from now. The administrators and coaches of the Knights recognize that we are in a unique position, working with children during their formative years. Our hope is to reinforce the positive values and character traits that will benefit the children throughout their lives.

Foundations Program
The Foundations Program begins the first day of practice and continues throughout the season. Each week, a different foundations theme will be stressed and discussed with the team. A short 3-4 paragraph foundations character lesson will be distributed via handout or email to each player. Each week Foundation Awards will be presented to several players who exhibit the character theme traits of the lesson.

Click below to explore some of the character traits that are refined in each young man or woman who wants to become a Black Knight:

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Perseverance

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Steady action to a set purpose in spite of difficulties, obstacles, setbacks or discouragement.

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."-Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Coachability

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Paying attention to and following the directions of your coaching staff. Being open minded and not overly sensitive to constructive criticism from your coaches.

"To accept criticism with poise is the mark of maturity and grace."-Ward
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100% Effort

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An honest attempt to do something to your full potential.

"Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is."-Zig Ziglar
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Depth

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Looking at people based on the content of their character rather than how their outsideappearance.
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Consistency

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The ability to replicate a process or activity with the same level of quality over and over again.

“A consistent man believes in destiny, a silly man in chance.”-Benjamin Disraeli
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Teamwork

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The process of working together within a group to achieve a goal.

“Individual commitment to a group effort -- that is what makes a team work, a company work, a societywork, a civilization work.”-Vince Lombardi
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Sportsmanship

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Proper conduct in sports, including fair play, courtesy, a striving spirit and grace in losing.

"When you win, say nothing, when you lose, say less."-Paul Brown




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