In keeping with tradition, the NCAA championship winning football team had the honor of visiting the White House to meet with the president. Besides the great football talent from the players, it was an action by a Clemson University Tigers’ coach that also deserves recognition.
According to CBS News, the visit took place Monday on the White House South Lawn and was a decidedly non-political affair, though several politicians from South Carolina were there to meet and speak with the team as well.
President Trump delivered his remarks to the players, staff and gathered crowd, as did head coach Dabo Swinney, who joined with Clemson University President James Clements to deliver special custom Clemson jerseys to both Trump and his young son Barron.
But it was what Coach Swinney did after the meeting at the White House that earned him recognition for displaying true character when nobody was really paying attention, Independent Journal Review reported.
Coach Dabo Swinney (Bama grad!) and his Clemson Tigers came to the White House today. They were a classy bunch –…
Citing a special assistant to the president named Cliff Sims, Independent Journal reported that as the large contingent from Clemson was slowly filing through a security checkpoint in “sweltering heat” to enter the Capitol, the coach was near the end of the line, allowing nearly everyone to go ahead of him to escape the heat.
n a Facebook post describing the incident, Sims wrote of how he was able to quickly get through the security line, but as he waited inside for an aide to escort him to a separate meeting, he spotted the coach still outside near the end of the line.
“The massive Clemson entourage kept slowly piling in. About 15 minutes later, near the end of the line, Coach Swinney walked in, still wearing his suit but now totally drenched on sweat,” wrote Sims. “In spite of being the most senior/important/famous person there, he didn’t skip the line. He didn’t complain. He let almost everyone else go in front of him.”
“That’s leadership,” Sims added.
Sims also noted the uplifting theme in Swinney’s speech at the White House.
“During his speech at the White House, he talked about people focusing on life’s big moments, while forgetting that, really, life is what happens between those big moments–the small things,” Sims wrote, “like having built your character to the point that you don’t even cut corners in the blistering heat outside the U.S. Capitol, even though you’ve already won the National Championship and don’t have anything left to prove.”
Sims ended by noting that although he himself would be rooting for the Alabama Crimson Tide in the upcoming season, he knew that Swinney and his players would be fully prepared to defend their title, and seemed to imply that he had gained quite a bit of respect for them.
This is what real leadership looks like, and it reveals the humble and servant-like nature of the coach who put his players and staff before himself.
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Source: Conservative Tribune