Simple Lessons in the Classroom Also Apply in Athletics

Simple Lessons in the Classroom Also Apply in Athletics

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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 do even more work. You have to give up stuff,  you have to sacrifice.” The same rule applies in athletics. If you want to get an A in athletics, you have to be willing to do stuff that others aren’t willing to do. Simple, really.

Joe’s Perspective: I love this guy. He will be the featured role model in about three weeks. He has 11 national championships, more than any basketball coach (male or female). He demands perfection. And yet, he struggles to get others to understand what it takes to be successful. In a nutshell, it comes down to effort. Most are comfortable squeaking by with C’s (minimal effort), while others give it everything they have and earn A’s. It’s so simple, yet we have trouble understanding this fundamental lesson.

Your Turn: If you had to grade your efforts in athletics, what grade would you give yourself? If you had to grade your efforts in the classroom, what grade would you give yourself? Explain.

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