Perseverance and wholehearted effort best describe our Lion Warriors' character. Several teams in the league had more experienced soccer players, who had played together for many years. The boys gave every effort to gain the knowledge of the game, exhibit self-control as they implemented what they learned, and with mutual affection, bore with one another's weaknesses and encouraged one another's strengths. They each learned to use the unique abilities God has given them to play soccer as a team.
Our character was tested time and time again, but we persevered, no more so than on our road to the championship game in the season tournament. I am proud of the boys, not primarily because they exhibited these qualities in the game of soccer, sometimes at great odds, but because I have faith that they are putting them into practice in their relationship with the Lord.