May 6, 1947:
To the Boys of the Mission of the Immaculate Virgin
Mount Loretto, Staten Island 9, NY
I have heard of the swell work you are all doing to make better citizens of yourselves through honest effort and fair play. This is a subject very dear to me, and I have said the following many times before you, the youth of America:
Just as hard as you pull for your team to win, so must you show the same spirit later on in life – in everything you do – when you will take our places. Always fight hard, but always fight clean, and fight for what you believe in.
But don’t think life begins and ends on the playing field. Education, or book knowledge, or whatever you want to call it, is also very important. Remember that a good education is something no one can ever take away from you.