Coaches - Prayers

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BUILD ME AN ATHLETE, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat and humble and gentle in victory.

BUILD ME AN ATHLETE whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be, an athlete who will know You and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge. Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storms; here let him learn compassion for those who fall.

BUILD ME AN ATHLETE whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high; an athlete who will master himself before he seeks to master others; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future yet never forget the past. And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, never to take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength. Then, I, his coach, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain."

~ Adapted from "A Father's Prayer"
   by Gen. Douglas MacArthur
   (Reader's Digest, May 1952, p. 81)


Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this day and the opportunity You have given us to participate in this sporting event.

Lord,watch over these players and keep them safe from harm as they test their skills against each other.  We ask that You help the players, coaches, officials and parents treat each other as they would want to be treated - with respect, love, understanding, patience and appreciation.  With your assistance, we can together be a shining example of our Catholic, Christian faith and ideals.

Finally, give all of us the wisdom to make sportsmanship, the enjoyment of competition and the lessons learned from competition more important than the final score of the game.

In Jesus' name we pray


~ Prayer from St. Charles Borromeo Parish


Loving God,
We gather in your name
Respecting each other,
Supported by parents,
Led by coaches,
Guided by officials.
When we practice,
Give us strength.
When we play,
Give us courage.
When we win,
Give us humility.
When we lose,
Give us peace.
In all that we do,
Let our lives praise you. 


~ This prayer, written by CYM staff of the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware and promulgated by the late Bishop Saltarelli, is the official CYM Sportsmanship prayer of the Diocese of Wilmington. Player, coaches, and parents are encouraged to pray it together before a game or practice. This prayer is used with permission.