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Hello, Everyone!

Today was Day 01 of We W.I.L.L.’s Battle of the Minds basketball tournament. It all started when our Tuesday nights transitioned from Transformational Tuesdays to The NeOn Project. Speaking of which, We are hosting this Battle of the Minds tournament as a part of the NeOn Sports project.

Battle Of The Minds – The Story Behind The Name

The tournament titled, “Battle of the Minds”, gained its name from Coach P’s mindset work with participants. Over these past 4 months, many of these participants, who had previously attended Transformational Tuesdays, will now be a part of the basketball tournament under the NeON project. For more information on the tournament’s structure and to get a sense of the transformational work being done through sports, click here.

Day 01 Of Battle Of The Minds Tournament – Lessons Learned

Day 01 of the Battle of the Minds tournament involved in-depth discussions with our young participants about important life lessons. Here’s a list of some of these essential life lessons that we advised them to keep in mind while moving through each week of the tournament:

  • Communication Is Key:

Young people on a team should learn to communicate effectively with their teammates to ensure everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goal.

  • Respect Each Other:

It’s essential to treat your teammates with respect, even if you don’t always agree with them. This helps build trust and fosters a positive team environment. Speaking of which, here’s a quick read on how to earn people’s respect on the basketball court.

  • Take Responsibility:

Being part of a team means taking responsibility for your actions and being accountable to your teammates. Young people should learn to take ownership of their mistakes and work to correct them.

  • Embrace Diversity:

Teams are made up of people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Young people should learn to appreciate and value this diversity, as it can lead to more creative and innovative solutions.

  • Practice Empathy:

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. Young people on a team should learn to practice empathy, as it helps to build stronger relationships and fosters a more supportive team environment.

  • Celebrate Successes:

It’s important to celebrate the successes of the team, both big and small. Not only does this help build morale but also fosters a sense of pride in the work that has been accomplished.

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  • rom Failures:

Failure is a natural part of being on a team. Young people should learn to embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, rather than as a negative experience.

  • Stay committed:
    Being part of a team requires commitment and dedication. Young people should learn to stay committed to the team and its goals, even when faced with challenges or setbacks.

Final Word

We hope to observe these key points throughout the tournament with the idea that they will translate off the basketball court. Moreover, we are looking forward to the next few weeks of good competition, sportsmanship, life lessons, hard work, and loads upon loads of fun!

Stay tuned for updates on this tournament and upcoming summer programming.

See you in the next blog!