The Red Car Theory

This is a short blog with a simple message: Opportunities are all around you, but you have to be looking for them in order to take advantage of them. Here is a 30-second video that illustrates this point. Joe’s Perspective: I can’t state it any better than she did. “That’s how opportunities work. When you go through life and you …

A Special Kind of Signing Day

In almost every high school across the country, athletes sign their national letter of intent to celebrate a scholarship with a particular school. It’s usually a big deal. Schools set up a table with the college colors. Athletes wear a shirt or hat to indicate where he/she will attend college. Family and friends attend the event to support the athlete. …

Expressing Gratitude To Parents

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brady Singer used part of his $4.25 signing bonus to give his parents a special Christmas gift. In an effort to thank his parents for all of they did for him, he paid off the mortgage on their house and all other debt they had. Brady also wrote a beautiful letter to his parents, thanking them …

Choose Your Friends Carefully

I always remember my mother telling me to choose my friends wisely. If you befriend the wrong person who does the wrong thing at the wrong time, and you are with them, you too might get into trouble, even if it isn’t your fault. That’s life. Many a person is in prison because of just such a situation. It was …

Weighing the Benefits and Negatives of NIL

Nick Saban is regarded as the best college football coach of all time. He had an amazing career, winning 7 national championships. This career came to an end a few months ago when he retired. He recently testified in front of the US Congress on the impacts of NIL (athletes being able to be paid for their name, image and …

Appreciating Greatness – Catlin Clark

Caitlin Clark is a phenomenon. She is a senior at the University of Iowa. This year she has broken too many records to list here. However, the big one is that she became the leading scorer in men’s and women’s college basketball history.  She currently has 3,685 points. In her career, she has averaged 32.8 points per game. She also …

America – The Promised Land

Gene Simmons was born in Israel shortly after the end of World War II. Most of his family perished under the Hitler regime in concentration camps because they were Jewish. When Gene turned 9, he and his mother legally immigrated to America. Most people know Gene Simmons as the former lead singer of KISS, a rock-n-roll band, who wore makeup …

Sports Role Model Books

As you know, every Wednesday we provide you with a new athlete or coach who exemplifies the featured character trait. It is called, Role Model Wednesday. I wrote 132 chapters to cover 3 seasons a year x 4 years. Even if you are a 3 sport athlete, you will never have to read the same chapter in a 4-year high …