Back in the 80s when the program started, I asked the team to list 25 words that they felt would have an impact on the student athletes who came through the program for many generations. Once we came up with the list of 25, I asked them to vote on their top ten. Those are the ten that stay on the wall. It was driven by team members.
Many of those student athletes who rated them from 1-10 labeled discipline as #1. It’s amazing. Some of them, now in their late 40s, said throughout the years their order of the core values has changed based on their relationship to the three Es. The different environments they’ve been in, their educational process and life experiences have changed the importance of the values. I’ve had a few say the order has changed three or four times. It’s what you want to hear because it means those values mean a lot to them. Some have even created their own core values for personal benefit.
I always ask them what they think is the most important to Mrs. Frederick and I, and it always is #7, Trust. But for most over the years the first one hasn’t changed, Discipline.
Whenever current and former team members have to make major decisions, they go back to the original order and their own personal core values. They lean on the values to help them make important life decisions.