Goals Beyond The Net
(GBTN) has identified 13 attributes that are essential for an
individual to possess strong moral character. In our Character
Development Program, the Ethics Director in the Jacmel United
Football Club (JUFC) works with each team on a weekly basis to
educate our scholar athletes.
Each month JUFC focuses the character development discussions
on one specific attribute. The Ethics Director leads these discussions
along with engaging the scholar athletes in role-playing scenarios.
At the end of the month, the athlete from each team who best demonstrates
that particular attribute is recognized.
Moral Character means that an individual lives his/her
life using the principles of right and wrong behavior along with
the goodness of human character. Utilizing the following thirteen
attributes to guide one's thoughts and actions, strong moral character
is nurtured and developed. Woven through each of these attributes
is the concept of accountability and fortitude. The colloquial
phrase "he/she talks the talk and walks the walk" captures
the essence of what Goals Beyond The Net expects each scholar
athlete to demonstrate.
Thirteen Attributes Demonstrating Moral Character:
Commitment is dedicating oneself to an activity or a cause. Making
a promise to do something and following through demonstrates commitment.
As a part of a community, you have a responsibility to participate
in activities that benefit the community. You are to cooperate
within the community and show respect to others as you work on
activities that are benefiting your community. These activities
are an opportunity for volunteerism.
Compassion is the virtue of showing empathy for others. It is
more than the feeling of caring; it is the action of helping someone
who is suffering or in need of assistance.
Ethical Decision Making
Decision-making is made with a conscience. When making decisions,
you exam the situation and determines what is right. Ethical decision-making
is "doing what is right, not what is easy". You use
his/her moral code to make decisions.
Being thankful. Gratitude is expressing your thanks and then returning
the kindness through words and action.
Honor means to be honest and fair in your actions.
"Live your life with honor." Every decision you make,
every action that you take should reflect honor.
You live your life with honor and strong moral principles. Your
actions demonstrate your integrity.
Leadership is the act of leading or directing a group. You inspire
teamwork by "leading by example." The group wants to
follow your direction because you have motivated them in a positive
Mentorship is the act of helping to develop someone with less
knowledge or experience. You share your knowledge, give guidance,
and provide opportunities to help that person develop the knowledge
"You are responsible for your actions." You also recognize
that with every action taken, there is a consequence.
"Every action has a consequence." You take ownership
for your decisions and actions.
It means valuing each other's points of views. It means being
open to being wrong. It means accepting people as they are, even
with different values and beliefs.
Service is the act of giving. Service gives you the opportunity
to help others.
Having a strong work
ethic means that you believe in the moral benefit of work and
its ability to strengthen character. You recognize the importance
of working hard to achieve your goals.
person holding you back is yourself."