Several years ago, Vista created a set of nine Core Values that describe what is important to us as we work to impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and the broader community. For 2022, we have chosen to focus our blog series on these Core Values - telling the story of our students and members and our organization through this important and powerful lens.
April Core Value Highlight: INTEGRITY
This Spring, Vista students and members are looking forward to the return of the Social Games Club as part of the Quality of Life recreation schedule. The club met less frequently while social distancing practices were in place but will be back in full swing this season! Using board and card games, the participants work on team and skill building as well as sportsmanship. The focus is on enjoyment, not winning or losing.
This means that Vista’s core value of Integrity is a must for the game players. They need to trust their fellow participants to follow the rules and not cheat. Matt, who is a regular at the Social Games Club, stressed this. “My favorite game is Pictionary, but it’s not fun if everyone in the group isn’t playing fairly.” He is also learning how to manage disappointment in front of others when he is not the winner. Rather than focusing on himself, he shares in the joy of his teammates and congratulating them when they win.
Another club member, also named Matt, agrees: “We have to listen to the club leader when they explain the rules of the game so we all understand how it works.” If the game instructions are too difficult, the group will discuss how they can adapt the rules so everyone in the club can fully participate.
The Social Games Club provides a safe space for Vista’s students and members to practice making the tenets of Integrity—honesty, sincerity, and trustworthiness—part of their behavior in social situations.
More to come!