Even at a young age, children should have their parents and teachers instill in them the values of compassion and respect for all of those in their community. They should give particular consideration to how to respect the sacrifice made by those who fought for the freedom that we have today. Standing during the playing of the national anthem is one way of showing respect for the brave men and women who have served our country as well as for our nation itself. Sadly, there are not nearly as many young people who do it nowadays.
Buzz Williams, who is the basketball coach at Virginia Tech, has noticed that a lot of his players and people in the crowd don’t really care when the Anthem is playing. Instead of standing still and paying attention, many people are looking around or just swaying to the music, which gives the impression that they are bored.
All of this made coach Williams upset and angry, so he decided to teach the players a lesson, and now everyone praises him for doing so.
Buzz Williams, the head basketball coach at Virginia Tech, has observed that a good many of his players and individuals in the audience don’t pay much attention while the National Anthem is being played. Many people are not standing with complete respect; rather, they are either glancing about or just swaying along to the music, giving the appearance that they are bored.
Because of all of this, Coach Williams became agitated and furious, and as a result, he decided to teach the players a lesson, for which he is now receiving praise from everyone.
This coach was well aware that he could not instill an appreciation for the National Anthem in every member of the community. Nevertheless, he was determined to instill such an appreciation in his players, and he hoped that others would follow his example. As the proverb goes, «the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step,» and coach Williams was determined to make an impact on his own. It was on Veteran’s Day that he demonstrated to the rest of the nation how things ought to be done, and the rest of the country followed his lead. After reminding his players of the significance of showing respect during a brief conversation with them, he instructed them to line up in the center of the court with their faces turned to the US veterans.
“These men, when they were you age, interrupted their lives, they paused their education, they changed their careers and they gave their lives for those chairs,” Williams says.
“So when the anthem is played, we’ll stand like grown men and honor the men like these who gave their lives so we could have a chair to sit in.»
Watching the young men and the veterans stand in front of one another and sing the National Anthem together has to be the most moving thing you’ll see all day. And it’s all because the coach just wanted his boys to understand how hard other people work. Coach Williams is a great example of how a teacher should think and behave. He doesn’t just teach them how to play basketball better; he also teaches them how to be better people.