If you look up leader or captain in the dictionary you will find a wide variety of definitions. It might seem odd, but the one that stood out to me the most was, ‘a horse harnessed at the front of a team.’ There are several things that I love about this definition. The first is the word harnessed- they are strapped in, committed. They quite possibly could be the fastest runner or the hardest worker and if given the chance could blow the other horses away, but because of the harness they stay with the pack-the team. The second thing I love is that they are ‘at the front’ meaning that the leader won’t require the other horses to do anything that they themselves do not do first. The team may have to run through deep waters or scale a mountain, but they will have the assurance that their leader will accomplish the task alongside the rest of the group.
This year the GC volleyball team has three captains: Alyssa Cliffe, Jenna Marcotte, and Jessica Dothager. For the sake of analogy, they are the horses at the front of our team and their harness is love- its what keeps them tied to the team even when things get tough. These three are extremely hard workers- you see it daily on the court, in the classroom and in their relationships. The rest of our team has great confidence in them. The role of captain isn’t for just anybody, its not something to be taken lightly- its a big responsibility. All three of our captains take the job seriously, they do a fantastic job at leading us and are greatly respected and admired by the rest of the team. In chapter 13 of John, Jesus washes his disciples’ feet and tells them that the greatest among you must be the least. He also says, “I have set you an example that you should do what I have done for you.” Our captains are not just hard workers, excellent players and excellent students- they are servants. After every game they do the entire team’s laundry and repeatedly choose to put others above themselves.
Two short paragraphs doesn’t even begin to do these three leaders justice. I haven’t even mentioned Cliffe’s command and dogged determination or Dothy’s quiet, yet powerful presence and her ‘never quit’ mind-set or Jenna’s killer competitiveness and gentle love for her teammates. Each captain brings a unique set of qualities to the table- her own style and her own fun. They have and will continue to lead their team well.
Thank you captains for all that you do and for the wonderful people that you are. We are priviledged to follow your lead.