God, you so loved the world that you sent your son to take on flesh and become man. That as one of us He would die for our sins and rise from the dead so that we might have life eternal. We pray especially today in thanksgiving for the gift of life. We pray in thanksgiving for our own lives, for those of our teammates and coaches, and for all those who uphold the dignity of life each day in our world. In word and action, may we always treat our teammates, friends, coaches, opponents and officials with dignity and respect. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.