Going for the Gold at Siena Heights University
We all had the opportunity to view the Olympic Games this past summer. Whether you are inclined toward athletics or not, one has to admire the human spirit demonstrated by so many of the athletes.
How about the runner from South Africa who had two amputated legs as a child who ran and qualified for the semifinals in one of the races?
Or how about the male gymnast who wanted to win so he could make a better life for his family?
And what about the African woman who ran and hoped to be successful so that she could support her village?
The Olympics are much more than athletic events. They are stories of people’s lives and their will to be the best they can be – for a variety of different reasons. Some nights I just sat and watched the television and wondered: what motivated these athletes to do what they do? Some may think that many are just in it for the prestige and the money. For some, that may be very true. But there is so much more.
Each athlete has a story that is most meaningful. The human spirit rises to the occasions in which it finds itself.