Character Plays

My husband and I have been cheering for the Carolina Panthers since they came to Charlotte in 1994, but the real fun started when we had our boys. Our family football traditions have evolved over the years, but teaching our boys about the importance of having fun and never giving up has remained constant.

character plays- a game that teaches kids on & off the field


Like all the sports my boys either play or watch, we hope to instill in them a few character traits that they take with them on and off the field. Winning and losing are apart of life, but how we play the game (life) determines our true success.

So I came up with a little game to play while we watch football games (you can also play with other sport games). The game is called Character Plays. Our family of 4, each chooses one player that excelled at a certain character trait during each quarter of the game. We then write their names in the blank (see free printable chart). The MVP of the game is determined by who was selected the most amount of times throughout the game.

My boys love playing this game and excitedly remind at the end of each quarter that we must make our selections. After we write-in our choices, we talk about the selected players, and how we perceived their demonstration of the character play.

Character Plays a game that teaches kids on and off the field.

 Click  Character Plays to download your free printable!


For example, last week Cam Newton was selected for the kindness award for giving the touchdown ball to a child in the stands, and Derek Anderson received the teamwork award for stepping in when our first string quarter back needed a break. Yet, the conversation prompts during the commercials (never-ending) make this game rock. Me- “How can you show kindness to someone?” Boys- “Inviting a friend over to play football.” or  Me- “How can we apply teamwork in our family?” Boys- “Helping my brother pick-up his toys.” It’s answers like these that make me think that I must be doing something right when it comes to raising boys. What kind of teaching activities do you do with your kids?

teaching kids character traits on and off the field


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6 comments on “Character Plays”

  1. We are football fans as well, and this is a great idea!

    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks, Leah. We had a lot of conversation yesterday about following the rules and keeping our emotions in check while watching the Panthers game.

  2. Melanie says:

    Great idea! Sharing with my sister who has boys about your age!

    1. Rachel says:

      Thanks. My boys really get into this game.

  3. @Dayngr says:

    This is great! Way to go MOM!
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    1. Rachel says:

      We all have fun making football educational. ?

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