By Tyler M.
Playing time is nonexistent, but many benefits come from managing a high school sports team. Besides the awesome gear and the thrill of victory in athletic competition, there’s a lot of powerful values taught by the teams that stick with you throughout life.
From my sophomore year to my senior year, the football team has done a wonderful job at preaching and practicing its motto, ‘Strength, Honor, Liberty,’ and has stressed that it is a family, united in the goal of representing Duxbury High School and the town of Duxbury, both on and off the field. The football team’s motto represents the values that it gives many young men before they exit the program upon graduation. Strength does not imply domination over every opponent. It is the ability to accept, battle, and overcome adversity that we face as best we can. strength has been a factor in every season so far, regardless of team rankings or the loss of beloved individuals. I’ve seen firsthand that the players work their tails off every day. Their spirits are sometimes bruised by losses or injuries but are never broken; they remain determined to be successful. Honor is adherence to what’s right or to conventional standards of conduct, and I know the coaches stress the importance of fair play. “Play hard, clean, fast, smart, Duxbury football… [Do] nothing [stupid] after the whistle,” says Coach Maimaron. Liberty was added to the motto in 2011, after the team sought to fundraise for the daughter and wife of Duxbury and West Point graduate Lt. Timothy Steele, who was killed in Afghanistan while fighting for our freedom.
There is also a commitment to community service off the field. Duxbury Football has donated thousands of dollars in support of organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester and Crossroads for Kids. Primarily, money is raised to fund breast cancer research, but there’s also a campaign to help the needy, through toy and coat drives for example. Players are urged to be thankful for what they have, aware of the situations of others, and as accepting as possible.
My fellow senior and a manager of the football team and boys hockey team, Robert M., also greatly enjoys managing sports teams. A big appeal for him was the camaraderie that exists. Said Robert M., “A team is not one person. It’s a lot of people, so you’re not alone… You have other people that you [can] go to [if you need them].” Robert M. also believes that he has become more efficient in time management skills due to his role as a manager.
If you are afraid of being a manager, for whatever reason, do not be. I was initially uneasy about the idea myself, and when I look back, I wish had the courage to manage a varsity team even sooner than I did. My social life has increased, rather than felt awkward like I had thought, and I have had a great time. Trust me. Find yourself a good group of a people to hang out with as a part of a team, and it will be worth it. During the time I spent as a Duxbury Football manager, the program always made me feel like I belonged and that I was genuinely appreciated and wanted. It was, and is my true family that I will never forget and am proud to have been a part of. I have experienced some similar feelings with my other two sports as well, as the boys basketball and baseball teams have also firmly helped to convince me of the value of hard work and character.