A soccer team of 12 boys who were trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand have now been rescued. At first, their coach, Ekapol Chantawong, was criticized for leading them into the cave, which flooded unexpectedly. But he is remembered now as a hero for coaching the team spiritually while they were trapped.
Ekapol is a former novice Buddhist monk who still meditates daily. He coached his players how to remain emotionally balanced and tap into their own inner stillness. He taught them to keep themselves calm. While they were trapped under the earth, he taught them some of the basic principles of meditation, which may continue to enrich their lives as they grow into men.