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The Ancient Greeks believed that there were four cardinal virtues to living a good life These virtues courage temperance justice and wisdom can be applied not only to everyday life but also to the society of sport and to the film Hoosiers In this film many characters have these qualities illustrating the virtue of sportThe characters in the film show a great deal of the first virtue courage For instance Coach Norman Dale He is brought into a new situation as a coach of a small town basketball team It is a formidable task which he faces head on Hickory Indiana is like many other small towns They are a close knit community who are not especially welcoming to new comers and are generally against change especially when coming from an outside source This is where Coach Dale encounters most of his problems He has new ideas for the basketball team and the townspeople resent his ideas and methods In this sense Coach Dale shows a great deal of courageAnother courageous character is Jimmy He is the towns star basketball player and has chosen to give up the sport due to the death of someone close When he re-approaches the sport he gives new faith to the town team and himself Shooter the local alcoholic also shows a great deal of courage With the support of Coach Dale he is able to shed the label he has been given and face his illness head on As a result of this he is given a second chance both in the community and with his son Although it is a difficult road to travel with many obstacles Shooter is well on the way to recovery Being made an assistant coach to the Hickory High School basketball team has given him direction in life a meaning and a purpose This shows that courage is a vital virtue for all to keep both in sport and in lifeThe second
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