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Physical Education Have any of you ever stopped to consider how valuable physical education is to American youth ? Perhaps you have heard your parents say, just as I have mine, that we are softies, “why, when I was your age, I did a man’s work all day long and thought nothing of it; but if you have to carry out the ashes, you fuss about it and try to get out of it!” These words are very familiar, and to a great extent are very true. The young people today don’t have the responsibilities that our parents had when they were young, and as a result we have become more or less “softies” as many of our parents have termed us. We are inclined to take the easy way in everything we do. This is where the physical training we get while in high school steps in and answers some of the problems of youth. Through any of the sports that you may participate in while in school you can get training which boys and girls of my age need. You will never experience the spirit and feeling that an athlete gets as he enters an athletic contest, unless you have actually taken part in some of the contests yourself. It is on the field that the athlete goes through many tests and experiences which require all the qualities of a true man. On the field the boy realizes that he is not there for his personal gain. He is out there with a number of other boys, all having the same purposes—to work together, to play a clean game, and to show good sportsmanship in every act. In the different games you meet with all types of competition. One game you play a team which is much bigger and better than your team, and you take a good sound beating—this puts the test to you whether you can take it or not, and it also shows you that you don’t have the best team in the country. Then the next contest you proceed to walk away with the game with a big score— this is when you have to try to keep your head from getting bigger than your hat. The keen competition brought about by these contests brings out several qualities which are hard for many boys to obtain. Taking the initiative is an import ant one; you must have the jump on the fellow if you expect to outplay him; otherwise, you will be on the receiving end of the game. Another thing realized by the athlete is that you must be in the best physical condition before you can perform to the best of your ability; by this you form clean habits; such as, regularity and temperance of eating and sleeping, and the importance of not smoking or using strong drink. A lot of people seem to think that physical education is purely for the physical side, and that no work is needed or expected from the mind. This is the most common fallacy existing in relation to high school sports. The mind and the body are inseparable. You must have a mind which is alert and one that will function clearly. This is true because in the athletic contests the boys taking part are entirely on their own, and the decisions are up to them. The ability of the player depends on how fast he can size up the situation at one glance and put his bodily efforts behind his decisions. Teaching coordination between the body and mind largely constitutes the job of the coach. Of course all the students in the school don’t participate in the athletic contests, but other means are provided for them. All students not taking part in athletic contests are required to have two and one-half years of physical training. This includes exercise, games, and other means to improve body coordination. The habit of taking exercise daily is of great value. Certainly any such activity which can offer so many benefits is not to be overlooked. We American youths need something to make us more rugged—something of sterner stuff. —Richard Fisher
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HANDS — courageous and unfaltering, trained in fair play and sportsmanship — will make our Democracy
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Coach D. F. Denton Football SCHEDULE FOR ’41-42 Andrew Lewis Opponent Bedford. . 31 12 William Byrd. . 21 12 William Fleming. . 14 O Lynchburg. . 7 25 Llampton. . 14 O Jefferson. . 6 25 Charlottesville. . 12 O Alexandria. . 19 6 Danville. . 0 32 B. G. King, Charles Johnston, James Gaskins, Harold Garrett
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