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Spirit of the Buffalo: McAlester inducts five graduates to athletics HOF

This week we honored some of our school’s past great athletes as we induct Herb Westmoreland, Charlie Giaudrone, Brandon Keith, Donna Beed, and Jeremy Case into the McAlester Athletic Hall of Fame.

What a great thing to do as we take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of a few of our graduates.

As a former coach, when you have some of those great athletes, this is just a little “icing on the cake.” Athletics teach us so many life skills that can help lead a person down the road to adulthood.

1) Hard work pays off! The harder you work, the better you will be. The old saying is true, “the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.” Success comes at a price and the question is, “are you willing to pay the price?” Playing time is earned by hard work and dedication.

2) Teamwork. Being on a team allows the person to learn to work with others. It also means that being a team player means that the team will come first. The name on the front of the jersey means more than the name on the back. The success of the team is more important than the success of the individual. That is hard for some players because everyone wants to play but the fact is that only so many players can play at one time.

3) Common Goal. You learn to work together with others for a common outcome. A group of players working together as one unit will be far better than a group of superstars only caring about themselves. Learning to work with others is an important life skill that will benefit a person for their lifetime. There will be times in life in which a person has to work with someone that they may not like very much. You still need to work together in order to get the job done. Being on a team teaches the skill of working with others.

4) Overcoming obstacles. This is another important aspect of being on a team. There will be ups and downs in every season just as there are in life. You will learn to work through the bad times because it is not always going to be good. What are you going to do when the going gets tough? Quit, or do you work your way through it trying to find a way to overcome. Do you blame others or the coach for the lack of success or do you work harder, taking the responsibility of your performance? What great life lessons these experiences are in preparing our children for life.

McAlester has a rich history with a lot of great players. There are winning seasons, and then there are seasons when we do not have the success of which we are accustomed. We do have a proud tradition and have always supported our student-athletes through thick and thin. That has been and is the Buffalo way.

Congratulations to this year’s new inductees in the McAlester Athletic Hall of Fame. We remain proud of you!

Once a Buffalo, Always a Buffalo!

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