God has created this day for …
Gain not loss,
Success not failure,
Positive action not negative thought.
Lord, inspire us with the desire for greatness,
To wisely use the gifts and talents you
Have so generously given us.
They are tools to be used,
Not treasures to be stored.
Create in these athletes:
The RIGHT ATTITUDE to excel
In the classroom and in life. The attitude that says
“I can reach deeper inside myself.”
The FIRM BELIEF in God, themselves, their families,
And their teammates,
To have great expectations for the future.
The ENDURING COMMITMENT to persevere,
To never quit no matter what the odds.
Used with Permission by Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, T.O.R., Chaplain for Franciscan University Athletics, “Apple Seeds”® http://www.appleseeds.org