Najee Harris Respects his Humble Beginnings

Earlier this week Najee Harris was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. It was celebration time. After all those countless hours of working, practicing, sweating and sacrificing, Najee’s dream of playing in the NFL came true. There was one important difference between Najee and the other 255 individuals who got drafted …

“I Made It, I Made It”

After one year of playing collegiate golf at the University of Central Florida, Michael Visacki dropped out to try his hand at professional golf. For the past 7 years, he has played on several “mini-tours”. It’s kind of like playing in the minor leagues for baseball. Truth be told, he doesn’t make a lot of money, so he still lives …

New Hampshire Track Coach Fired for Not Enforcing Mask Mandate

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) recently released its guidelines for the spring track and field season, and officials recommended that all student-athletes wear masks during competition. While the NHIAA recommended this policy for its athletes, it was not mandatory, and officials left the final decision to individual school boards and athletic directors. At Pembroke Academy, the athletic director …

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 …