Tuesday February 2, 2010 | Belmont Abbey President Dr. Bill Thierfelder

February 1, 2010 at 10:22 am | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

The President of Belmont Abbey joins us to discuss sports as a means to regain a sense of virtue in our society. Dr. Bill Thierfelder has spent his life in sports, first as an Olympian and All-American track star and later as a consultant and manager for many sports stars. He believes that sport is an important tool for young people to learn virtue. He’ll share his thoughts on sports as a means to a more virtuous life and much more.
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Dr. Bill Thierfelder
– President, Belmont Abbey College

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  1. Please discuss the amount of resources going into college athletics versus education.

  2. Thank you for addressing this issue of virtue and character related to athletics and society in general. I strongly agreed with everything you communicated about this, and I look forward to learning more on reclaimingthegame.com.

    I was once a professional water skier, competing internationally. In that context at times by God’s grace I demonstrated some level of virtue, though regrettably at other times didn’t. Proverbs that I saw played out time and again in my own life and others were, “Humility comes before honor”, and “pride comes before a fall.”

    The beauty of virtuous character displayed in athletics, is that it provides a wonderful example before an audience, possibly inspiring the audience to cultivate similar virtues in their own lives (humility, deference to others, genuine care for others above ones own interests, etc.)

    Your points were eloquently communicated on Charlotte Talks. I hope your voice is increasingly heard in our community and nation to influence us toward the noble and honorable virtues you described. Listening to your program motivated me to do so in my own life. Thanks again.

  3. In the shadow of the Catholic Church’s unfaltering intolerance and bigotry your arguments, which at face value seem reasonable, appear hollow.
    I agree that sports and physical activity are wonderful pursuits and that some of the best examples of humanity can happen while participating. Brilliant and poetic metaphors for life can be concocted, stories written and movies made to inspire further generations all leading back to the cash cow that sports has become today.
    Which do you fear most? The degradation of the values you listed off or the dwindling numbers in the pews fleeing for an altogether different alter.
    At least sport is up-front about their business practices, I wish I could say the same about the Catholic Church. Teams and leagues sell entertainment while the church packages up guilt and obedience partially wrapped in redemption at a very reasonable 10%.
    Religions do have some very commendable aspects but with that a whole host of the deadliest sins you so eloquently listed.

    Until the Church no longer goes to great lengths to hide the assaults carried out by its priests, stays mute to the violence carried out in its name, actively opposes equality of humans just because they choose to love in a way they disagree with and damn single mothers as whores of Sodom and Gomorrah your musings on any other subject will be as empty as the promise of eternal salvation.

    If that ever is addressed then this conversation may be worth having. But till then keep your metaphysics off the pitch and let terrestrial physics determine which side of the line the ball falls.

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