What the Big Draw Is Really About

8 students hold certificates and 1 teacher wearing cowboy hat
Gene Bender

Gentlemen,

You may think that today is about winning money, getting into De Smet home games for free, earning that free prom package, or getting that day off of school on October 21.  I am afraid you would be wrong if that is what you believe today is about.

The other day I asked a bunch of students, “What is it that you love the most about De Smet?”  The answers included various sports, different classes, clubs, a particular teacher, and even chicken wraps.  But there was one answer by far that most students gave to that question.  When I would ask them,

“What is it that you love about De Smet?” They would answer MY FRIENDS.  

I hope you all realize that your parents make sacrifices to send you here.  Your parents make large monetary sacrifices so that you can have these sports, classes, clubs, teachers, and chicken wraps that you love.  Your parents make large sacrifices so that you can come to De Smet and meet and love these friends that you told me about.

Today I want to tell you about one particular person who made a much smaller sacrifice for you than your parents.  And his sacrifice was made before the first brick was laid at De Smet Jesuit in 1967.  But I believe he did for me what your parents and others do for you.  The man I want to talk about is my dad.  He graduated from a Jesuit high school way back in 1947.  Almost 20 years later the Jesuits sent him a letter saying that they were going to build De Smet Jesuit High School.  In 1967 he had no idea that some day you would be here.  In 1967 he had no idea that one of his sons would end up in this gym wearing a cowboy hat and teaching here.  But when he was asked to support De Smet Jesuit students he said yes because he believed that what would happen here at this place was worth supporting.  He believed that you would be men for and with others.  He believed that your efforts would be for the greater glory of God.  And so my dad gave his support to De Smet. 

What does this have to do with the Big Draw? Many, many people bought Big Draw tickets with the same thoughts in their minds. 

Your parents, family members, friends, teachers, alumni, a whole host of people bought those tickets because they want to support you as you develop and use your God-given talents.

As I get ready to let you know who the Big Draw winners are today, it is easy for me to think that today is about winning money, getting into De Smet home games for free, earning that free prom package, or getting that day off of school on October 21.  I am afraid that I would be wrong if that is what I believe today is about.  Today let’s make sure we remember all those who bought Big Draw tickets.  Let us remember all those who are men and women for and with us.

Lord teach me to be generous;
teach me to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to seek reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

 

4 winning students hold certificates and one teacher with cowboy hat

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