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My Ron Paul experience at my college track meet

Good afternoon. I have been lurking on this site for quite some time, but finally registered today to share my Ron Paul experience yesterday at my college track meet. But first a little about my self. I am a college senior computer science major who is graduating in less than a month. I have participated in track & field for three years in high school (all state honors) and all four years at a division three college (first team all conference honors). *Ron Paul was a stand out track athlete in his youth.

Anyway, here is my story. I am a shot put/discus thrower. In a track and field throwing event the goal is to throw the implement as far as you can. To qualify for the NCAA D3 national meet you must have a toss which is top 16 in the nation. I have been trying to qualify for nationals since my freshman year at college, and have not yet made it thus far.

Yesterday when I was throwing shot put at my meet, I had what felt like a really nice toss. When the person who measured the distance of the throw yelled out my distance, I was shocked. He called out a distance which was much further than what I usually throw. The distance was so far in fact, it would put me in top 16 in the nation. I was ecstatic, however it was short lived. When I ran out to retrieve my shot put, I saw where it had landed, and it was at a distance which was considerably less than what was called out as my official distance. At first I thought I may have heard the gentlemen wrong, or possibly the gentlemen mis-read the measuring tape.

At the end of the preliminary round (the first three throws), I went up to the official and asked him to see the score card with the distances written on it. I saw that I in fact heard him correctly. My assumption that the official read the tape measure wrong was correct. I explained the situation to the gentlemen that I didn't throw as far as he read (he accidentally added 1 meter to the throw which is about 3 feet). He remembered that throw, and he agreed. He said he did remember looking at the tape and possibly saying the wrong distance. He commended me for my honesty and changed my distance on the card.

At the end of the meet, I told my head coach this story and he became very angry at me. I was hoping as a coach he would commend my honesty and give me a pat on the back, but he did not. He said it wasn't my place to come clean if they made a mistake, and I wasted my chance at potentially going to nationals. I explained to him that I wouldn't feel right taking the place at the national competition of another hard working kid who legitimately earned his chance. He dismissed me.

He then said that ~30% of the kids who qualify for the national championship each year do it in a dishonest way, where they somehow cheat their running times or throwing distances. (I don't buy that.) He was basically saying it is ok to do something wrong if other people are doing something wrong. I told him, even if that were the case, two wrongs do not make a right. I would rather earn my chance legitimately than not. I than told him that his way of thinking is what has put our country into the situation it is in. He then brought up several BS hypothetical situations about killing terrorists, or getting revenge on rapists. Then the talk very soon turned to Ron Paul and non aggression. (I frequently bring up Ron Paul in conversations with everyone). At the end of the whole discussion he basically said if more people in the country thought and acted the way I did, our country would be in a much better situation.

Anyway, later on the bus ride home, some of my teammates came up to me and said how impressed they were with the way I think and act. They thought what I did was extremely honorable. We spent most of the bus ride home talking about life, the country's poor economic condition, and of course Ron Paul. I think after that conversation, I brought a few more people over to our side.

Team, this is for you....
Amount: $250.00
Transaction ID: 353672174
Transaction date/time: 2012-04-15 12:37:47

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Great story. My bro lived in

Great story. My bro lived in the shot put and discus ring in HS. Never could quite achieve his dream though being only 5'9".

It used to be said that sports taught values

Supposedly the value of doing sports in school was to learn the values of hard work, competition, integrity, and rewards for excelling.

If what your coach said is true, sports as an educational tool is dead.

You did the right thing. If

You did the right thing. If would have been dishonest to go if you knew it was a mistake. You would have had to live with the memory of being a cheater the rest of your life. Have you considered going into politics? We need more men like you in office.

Honesty is always the best

Honesty is always the best policy. Too bad Romney doesn't know that. Well done, Sir..

NJtman

What
Is
Wrong
With
You?

I'm 60. I've spent most of my life lying, cheating and stealing in business. I had 'the big money' and lost it several times over and over.

It's good to know the future of America is in the good, principled hands of your generation.

Kudos, but

So say you didn't come clean. Doesn't your coach realize your score doesn't change your throwing ability? Or does going to nationals look good on a resume? Just seems like it was in your best interest to tell the referee. Also, where does a computer science student get $250 to donate, you sure you didn't botch the throw to make a little somethin, somethin?...

I don't think my coach cared

I don't think my coach cared to much about the issue you raise. Of course that was the first thing I thought about. I think he cared more about HIM saying that he sent 1 more athlete to nationals. In other words I think it was more about him, than about me.

As far as me being able to afford the $250...
My parents had started saving money for my college fund basically when I was born. It wasn't a ton of money but more than enough for me to attend a four year state university. Above that, I elected to live at home to save more money. I have also worked part time the last four years throughout college. In addition to that I started investing in apple in mid 2009 when I was 19, and gold and silver when I was 20 (before I was even into Ron Paul!).

In sum: I basically have 0 living expenses, and will not be graduating with any debt. In addition to that I will likely get a decent job (I have my first full time job interview tomorrow) because I did not get a useless degree. I have donated over $600 so far to the campaign.

Bravo

A slow clap for the fantastic story as well as the donation. If we had more people like you, this country would be in good hands.

reedr3v's picture

Young man, with your clear thinking and ethics,

you will go far. Respect from one's associates is a most important asset in any endeavor of life.

Thanks for sharing your story.

Feels good don't it!!!!!!

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

Fantastic post, and it's

Fantastic post, and it's great that you get people thinking the way they should be.