Gracious ProfessionalismTM is the moral value behind FIRST coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers, and it teaches ethics to the leaders of tomorrow. The concept behind gracious professionalism is treating people with respect, being friendly, and having an overall positive attitude. Students and adults are encouraged to lend a helping hand to teams in need, without expecting anything in return. An often-used saying while teaching Gracious ProfessionalismTM is “act as though your grandmother is watching”. The overall goal of Gracious ProfessionalismTM is to teach others that, while there may be opponents in FIRST, there are no enemies.
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