Simple Lessons in the Classroom Also Apply in Athletics

Coach Auriemma, the head women’s basketball coach at UConn, is at it again. He just has a way of simplifying things.  “If you go to class & you do average work, you get a C. That’s why it’s called average. If you want a B, you have to do more work & if you want an A you have to …

Losing Coach Inspires Winning Team After Mercy Loss #Sportsmanship

Last Week, undefeated Muskegon Orchard View hosted Kent City in a boys basketball game. The result was a predictable victory for Orchard View, 86-42. Let’s be honest – it was a route. In fact, the “mercy rule” came into effect with a running clock. Sometimes one team is just that much better than their opponent. However, imagine being the coach …

So What Makes Tom Brady the GOAT #Leadership

In 2020 Tom Brady was selected in the 6th round with the 199th pick by the New England Patriots. Six other quarterbacks were selected ahead of Brady in that draft. No one expected much of him, let alone to become the greatest football player to ever play the game. Why? He was and still is one of the slowest quarterbacks …

Creating, Laughter, Fun & Life-Long Memories

In the sleepy little town of Manton, Michigan, Scott Chittle, watched his two elementary-aged girls settle in for the winter. In-person school was on-again, off-again. Even when it was full time, kids had to sit in assigned seats in class and at lunch, careful not to interact. The local elementary basketball season was cancelled. So, the daughters mainly sat and …

Perspective – Lessons on High School Sports

After 11 years of writing blogs, this is my first video blog. A bit too long, but after 5 takes, I just had to go with it. I hope it resonates with you.   Your Turn: Why do you play sports and how does it bring you happiness, purpose or identity?

Let Them Play

Thirty-eight states are allowing high school athletes to compete in winter sports. To help increase those numbers, a movement has spread across those remaining 12 states. This movement is called, “Let Them Play.” Over the past 14 days, athletes protested outside their individual schools in California and Maryland and at state capitals in Michigan and Illinois. This is not a …

102 Year Old Julia Hawkins Breaks World Record

Julia “the Hurricane” Hawkins doesn’t feel her age. Sometimes she feels 60 or 70, sometimes as young as 16. She has been active her own whole life and she was not about to quit any time soon. So, at the age of 100, she entered a masters-level world championship meet and broke the world record for Centurions (those over 100). …

How Kids Wish Their Parents Would Behave in the Stands

This is a tremendous video of young athletes talking about their parent’s behavior in the stands. They also talk about how this behavior affects them while playing. Finally, they ask the child how they wish their parents would act in the stands. The comments from these young athletes are eye-opening. Joe’s Perspective: The overwhelming feedback from these kids is chill …

An Important Debate is Coming on Transgender Athletes

Earlier this year, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) introduced legislation that would ban biological males from women’s sports. The bill is called the Protect Women’s Sports Act. She believes that Title IX, introduced in the 1970’s to create equal opportunities for women, is under attack by forcing females to compete against biological males that identify as females. This unfair competition limits …