I believe basketball to be a game which blends initiative and teamwork, teaches loyalty and leadership which promotes fortitude. It is a game worth playing and worth playing well, and it cannot be played well unless played hard. Basketball calls for a balanced attack and this balanced attack should make balanced individuals with balanced viewpoints. It is a game that teaches one to control and command his own powers, to think fast and realistically, and to subordinate his interests to those of a group. It teaches a player in an emergency to use his last reserve of strength and courage to pour out all his energy for a desired outcome.
Basketball is a game that teaches a player team spirit, self-discipline, pride and confidence. This game develops within a player a competitive spirit, which is typical of life situations, more so than a classroom. It teaches self-control. A player that can show calmness under great emotional strain is demonstrating an emotional maturity that is a cherished quality. This game will teach a player that hard work is the best morale builder and that fun comes from winning. Through participating in this game, a player will find no greater enjoyment in life than the pride and satisfaction that comes when he accomplishes something because he paid the price to achieve.
James K.A Wilson