Educational Editorial: Lessons from VCU's run to Final Four

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - With two things in common, over-stressed credit cards and a love for black and gold, several charter buses full of Ram fans moved through the streets of Houston and up a long access ramp to the interstate.

Already feeling like the parents and close relatives of stars, we looked with amazement at the eight lanes of rush hour traffic slowly come to a halt as the Houston Police Motorcycle Detail shut down the interstate for an escort usually reserved for royalty. It was in every sense a special time.

For some of us, it was the elimination of an experience from our bucket list in a style that we would have never imagined. The lessons were plentiful enough to constitute a degree.

In two weeks, two young coaches, from two neighboring schools had dared to do the unthinkable. The Richmond Spiders and the VCU Rams had made the Sweet Sixteen and then VCU had moved to the Final Four.

As with all sports, the airways have been filled with both professional and amateur Monday morning quarterbacks who passionately defended their predictions and with equal passion tried to explain or ameliorate their mistakes.

The real lesson is that these young coaches, who have chosen to stay with their programs, lifted the importance of the student athlete. Graduates of Princeton and Kenyon, these leaders, not unlike their competitor at Bradley, finished every game with character and class.

George Orwell in "Such, Such are the Joys" offered a view of sports and life at his school…  "Virtue consisted in winning… There were the strong, who deserved to win and always did win, and there were the weak, who deserved to lose and always did lose, everlastingly."

We are thankful for those who have taught young people that the virtue is not only in winning, but how you do it.

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