Henrico coach on response to COVID-19 crisis: 'Each one of us has a valuable role'

Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 17:14:57-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Each Monday on CBS 6 News at 4, community members are invited to share a Monday Motivation. This week, Henrico High School basketball coach Vance Hamon shared some motivation on how your response to the coroavirus could have a big impact on how quickly we can defeat it.

Hey, RVA, I'm Vance Harmon, the basketball coach from Henrico High School.

These times we're going through are not the easiest. Our world is changing on a daily basis. It's easy to feel discouraged.

The actions that we take today will play a huge role in stopping the spread of this virus.

Although there is no blueprint to achieve victory, it is important for us to understand that we are all on the same team.

Just like the players on a championship team. Each one of us has a valuable role.

How we embrace these roles and attack this dreaded disease will determine how quickly we can strangle this monster.

Each day we have to control the controllables. This is the same message that we teach our players.

You can't spend too much time focused on the outside noise.

Taking the direction from our health experts and leaders should be a nonnegotiable. We do know that we need to regularly wash our hands. And just like the players on the court, we need to keep good spacing, social distancing of at least six feet.

That is, make no mistake that all good teams need to have a level of connectivity with their teammates. Kindness and caring are contagious too.

Our teammates in this battle include our family, neighbors, the courageous nurses and doctors and all of the other first responders.

It's our responsibility to offer assistance whenever we are able.

The sweat equity we invest today will make us stronger in the future.