At Valley Forge Military Academy & College, we place significant emphasis on athletics and the development of our student-athletes.
Hard work pays off.  Athletes learn what happens when they practice and what happens when they don’t. Participating in sports has often become about being the best, and even youth sports often adopt something of a star system. It is against a remarkable backdrop of complicated wooden sailing ships and their overwhelmingly complex management and warfare that we may see true leadership displayed in ways most interesting and instructive. Given the challenges of these massive sailing cities from operational, tactical, and strategic considerations, the need for leadership in this historic era was monumental.
It isn’t primarily because we want to have great sports teams or that we’re seeking to raise the profile of the institution through the sports pages. You’ve probably heard it said that your favorite sport is “a game of inches.” Athletes know that the difference between winning and losing is often miniscule.
While paying attention to tiny details can be the difference between success and failure, sports teaches us that we can’t be micromanagers; at some point, you need to trust in your teammates. At Valley Forge, we believe deeply that the formation of young leaders requires them to embrace competition, because a love of competition will carry them far in this world.
It is when challenges are the greatest, when pressures are the highest, when risk is at its maximum, that the real mettle of leaders is revealed.
In the middle of the cross-country team sprint race, one of her ski poles was accidentally broken by another skier, leaving her with only one pole to continue the race with.
Rather, we value athletics because we firmly believe that involvement in athletics helps our cadets to develop into great leaders.


Cohesion, and the ability to work side-by-side toward a common goal, can help a team outperform a more talented but less coordinated group.
That’s also true off the field, whether it’s winning the big account or acing the final exam. A well-drilled team is one on which everyone knows his or her role, and trusts teammates to fulfill their roles. Participating in athletics teaches young people to remain steadfast in the face of adversity, and enables them to experience the thrill of victory. The game plan has to fit the situation, and it needs to be communicated well to the team so that everyone understands the goal and the strategy for achieving it. Leaders who could rise above such demanding circumstances as those in the age of fighting sail are truly worthy of study.
That is, until one of the ski coaches rushed out onto the track to give her his ski pole so she could keep going without any difficulty. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle, athletics foster a sense of competition and reinforce lessons that go hand-in-hand with leadership. This is true on the field of play as well as in business, and is an important lesson for young people to learn.
It teaches them that rolling up their sleeves and pushing themselves beyond their comfort zones can lead to success.
Athletics teaches us that a clear strategy is needed for victory, and also what happens when the strategy is not clear.
In their time, so foreign from ours, in how they did what they did, and why, there is much for today’s leaders to learn.


Thanks to the quick response of this coach, Renner and her teammate Beckie Scott went on to win the silver medal in this event.While it was a proud moment for Canadians, what really made it incredible was that this coach, Bjornar Hakensmoen, was not Canadian.
And yet, what made their win truly exceptional was the relationship they built with US silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White.While they were competing for different countries, they both trained at the same skating club, which gave them insights into the strengths and abilities of their competitors.
This gave each team a clearer understanding of what they’d need to do in order to outperform the other. It also allowed them to build a friendship based on a sense of mutual respect for the talents and abilities of one another.Upon winning the gold medal, Virtue and Moir were interviewed by reporters around the world who were interested in learning what the young gold-medal winners felt was responsible for their meteoric rise to success on the global stage. It reminds us that without this external push, we might never have realized what our real potential is and the ways in which we can truly make a difference in this world.Lesson 3 – Helping your employees to find the courage to press on Like most athletes, Canadian figure skater Joannie Rochette arrived at the 2010 Vancouver Games with aspirations of winning an Olympic medal. As she skated out onto the center ice, all eyes were on her, eager and hopeful that she might be able to fulfill her dream of winning at the Olympics.During her performance, there was an unmistakable look of concentration and focus on her face, of understanding what she was capable of delivering. It was only after her skate was over that she allowed herself a moment to let out some of the turbulent emotions she must have felt, knowing that she had accomplished what she had set out to do.In the end, Rochette went on to win the bronze medal, along with the admiration and respect of her nation thanks to her courageous performance and grace. Now, we call her THE SOURCE, because she knows more about the WHOLE company than, probably, anyone else.Brilliant and thoughtful post.



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