VOLNEY – Perseverance is not giving up when you feel defeated.
That was the message Syracuse Silver Knights professional indoor soccer players Andrew Coughlin and Ben Ramin gave to Volney Elementary, as an introduction to the school’s Virtue of the Month for March.
The pair related having perseverance through their games and careers as soccer players to the students’ school work or life goals.
“The road isn’t easy,” Coughlin said. “There were times I thought, ‘I don’t know if I can do this.’ I had two choices: give up or persevere.”
He said sticking through something when success doesn’t come immediately will provide Volney students life lessons, just as he has had on his soccer journey.
Coughlin detailed his experience going from a back-up goalie with little play time at Syracuse University to his graduation from Canisius College to practicing with the Silver Knights to injuring his shoulder and being out of commission for five months to making the team, progressing and making it to the playoffs.
Volney students remained quiet and intrigued as they heard perseverance stories from Ramin, who encouraged the children in grades kindergarten through six to think of perseverance as a celebration.
When meeting each part of their journey right in the eye, he said, they can overcome any obstacle in their way.
“Figure out a strategy!” one student shouted.
Ramin compared his soccer games to the students’ math tests and said it takes practice to make progress.
The pair was also joined by fourth graders Conner Rowe, Julian Graziano, Vardon Taplin and Grace Kitts who briefly spoke about the meaning of perseverance.
All Volney Vikings have always been encouraged to persevere through academic, behavioral or social challenges.
Those who make an exceptional effort with that throughout the month of March will receive special recognition during an upcoming school assembly.