What Would You Do?

30 01 2012

Many times I think about people in situations that required them to make a tough choice to do the right thing and I wonder would I have the courage to do the same? Imagine you are fighting for a championship with a rival team. With your fans and teammates watching, your decision costs you the game and eventually the championship. That’s just the decision Mallory Holtman from Central Washington made.

If Mallory had done nothing she would not have been in the wrong. In fact, not a person watching would have thought a bad thought about her or anyone on her team. It’s said that character is not doing what is wrong and integrity is doing what is right. Watch Mallory and her teammate Liz do both in this amazing video.

 

“It’s a great moment when someone has character (and integrity) to step up and do the right thing at the right time”  -Pam Knox

 

Had Mallory not made the decision to do what she did maybe her team would have won the championship, maybe not. The trophy they might have won would be put in a trophy case, eventually pushed to the back in place of newer trophies. In time it would be moved to a closet with only the memory of it by the few people on the team.

This I know for sure. Her decision to have character and integrity to do  the right thing will have an impact for much longer and on many more people had she not done it. In fact her decision will have a positive ripple affect on people she will never meet.

Everyday, people have the chance to make a difference like Mallory. Their decision will never be put in lights or highlighted on a famous TV show, but they do it anyway. For the difference makers in this world, thank you for your example.

Enjoy the Journey,

Steve Leurquin

 

 

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17 responses

3 02 2012
Mark

Wonderful story! I can’t wait to share this! Very inspiring

1 02 2012
Greg Streuly

What an awesome story! The ripple effect of those girls goes far beyond the game that day. I especially like that two girls that carried Mallory never put their character into question. It would have been easy for them not to say anything, but knowing what was RIGHT to do overcame all other objections. I’m sure if you asked their coach what his greatest moment in coaching is, that would be the moment.

1 02 2012
steveleurquin1

Right on Brother! The coach getting choked up is my favorite part of the video.
Steve

1 02 2012
John Graff

Wow, that was an incredible example of Character and Integrity. Thank you for sharing it with us, it just proves the point of the ripple effect. We hope and pray that when put in different situations that we will make the right decisions. Thank you and Jamie for always leading the way and being that example for all of us.
God Bless
Penny

1 02 2012
steveleurquin1

Thanks Penny. I think when people are looking ahead of time for opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives they present themselves.
Steve Leurquin

31 01 2012
Shannon & Kelly McGinley

Wow!! As, Justin said…I’m so glad I was by myself when I watched this! It’s so refreshing to see that character is still out there in places where the TEAM may not be. Mallory’s example will/is more legendary than a trophy. Her sportsmanship and care for an opposing teammate will be something that that college will have forever to pass down. Mallory left a legacy at that university! Awesome!
Kelly

31 01 2012
steveleurquin1

Kelly,
It is pretty cool when someone does what Mallory did for a fellow player.

31 01 2012
Justin Zautner

Wow. I’m glad I watched this from the privacy of my own home. I was overwhelmed by the fact that Sara fell short of her dream of rounding home and the choice that Mallory made. I started to wonder how I could get so choked up from a simple decision that Mallory made and I realized it’s because it is so uncommon today. Well I’m so proud to know there’s a pack of Rascals out there who are crazy enough to try and create a new world filled of Mallorys! Thanks for the post Steve.

31 01 2012
steveleurquin1

Hey Justin, you gave some great thoughts. You write very well. Thank you for your post and what you do to be a rascal in this world.
Steve

30 01 2012
Lori Platt

Wow, that is emotional. I appreciate what the coach said about character. Do the right thing because it’s right.

30 01 2012
steveleurquin1

Thanks Lori. I have watched it several times now and every time it gets me when the coach gets choked up. Thanks for your post.
Steve Leurquin

30 01 2012
Leadership and LIFE

Wow! I love it! Gave me goose bumps to see character in action!

30 01 2012
steveleurquin1

Play the game of life the way it was meant to be played.
Steve

30 01 2012
Chris Brady

You’re right, Steve! The actions of these young ladies will have a greater impact than a trophy that would just grow dusty. Just look at how many have watched this story.

30 01 2012
steveleurquin1

Maybe a good title for the post would have been Character, It Never Grows Dusty!
Thanks for the post Chris.

30 01 2012
Mike and Emily Hebbe

Wow Steve what a moving story!!! The Mallory’s of the world are champions! Im so thankful to be part of a Mallory community!! Thanks for the awesome post! And thanks for being an amazing hero to us all. I know more than once You and Jamie have carried me to the plate!! Emily

30 01 2012
steveleurquin1

I think we all hobble around the bases every now and then and it sure is nice to have some people to lean on!

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