Oprah Winfrey – Compassion

The Oprah Winfrey Show was an American Institution for 25 years. It was broadcasted in 110 countries around the world.  An estimated 30 million Americans tuned in each day. These people invited Oprah Winfrey into their living rooms every afternoon to enlighten their minds and inspire their hearts. Despite competition from dozens of other talk shows over the years, The …

Jim Brandt – Character

“I was never coached by one of the greats like Phil Jackson, Bill Belichick or Nick Saban, but what I had was even better — a role model named Jim Brandt.” The odds of you knowing the name Jim Brandt are slim and none. As a high school coach, he never won a state championship. The truth is, some years …

Sue Enquist – Leadership

“How you act over time, that is your pattern of behavior. That becomes your character, and your character becomes your legacy.” Before Coach Sue Enquist arrived on the campus as a freshman in 1975, UCLA’s softball program had seen limited success. But, by the time she retired as its head coach in 2006, UCLA had won 11 national championships. As …

Jackie Robinson – Composure

“There is no doubt that the most important African American in our history was Martin Luther King, Jr.  Similarly, there is no doubt that the second most important, and not second by much, was Jackie Robinson.” Major League Baseball began in 1876. As of the 2022 season, 20,038 individuals have played at the highest level of professional baseball. Various franchises …

Nile Kinnick – Service

“Every man who I’ve admired in history has willingly and courageously served in his country’s armed forces in times of danger. It is not only a duty but an honor to follow their example the best I know how.” There are 14 football stadiums in the Big 10 Conference. Of those, three are named after states, one is named for …

Nadia Nadim – Courage

“The worst thing is not knowing what the future is going to bring. Not knowing if I’m going to live or not. That uncertainty is the worst part of the journey.”   When Nadia Nadim speaks about her fond memories of her early years with her close-knit family, you might guess she is from any small town in America. She …

Manny Pacquiao – Caring

“I have achieved my dreams in boxing. What I want to achieve more is public service. I want to be a champion there.” Manny Pacquiao was born in the war-torn nation of the Philippines in 1978. For many years, a civil war had waged between the “Resistance” and the Philippine army. The dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, also had imposed martial law …

Mutaz Essa Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi – Sportsmanship

“This is beyond sport. This is true sportsmanship. This is the message we deliver to the young generation. I love that we did something that touched everybody’s heart.” It was the Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan, July 30th, 2021. Thirty-three long-jump competitors had gathered from around the world to represent their country and possibly win a medal. The conditions were …