The Power of a Simple Compliment

This is a humorous video, but it is also instructive. This guy drives around the town yelling compliments at complete strangers. The reactions are priceless. First, we are just not accustomed to a stranger will saying anything positive to us. It’s just not “normal.” It probably feels awkward.  Second, once the awkwardness wears off, most people smile. Why? It feels …

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 …

An Awful Story with a Positive Outcome

In 2017, 14-year-old Deserae Turner was shot in the head and left for dead. She was was shot by two male classmates who were “tired” of Deserae messaging them on Snapchat. They lured her to a canal to hang out. They then stole $44 from her and shot her in the head. Deserae was discovered later that day and immediately …

Character and Conduct Outweigh Talent

“I don’t even have to play football if I don’t want. I don’t even need the game. I don’t need to prove nothing to anyone. If they wanna play, they going to play by my rules. If not, I don’t need to play.”                                   …

“A Class Act”

In the U.S. Open last week, the #1 ranked women’s tennis player in the world, Naomi Osaka, beat the 15-year-old upstart player, Coco Gauf. This was Coco’s first time in the U.S. Open. She played well, but came up short. Wanting to honor her opponents effort and talent, Naomi asked Coco to share the limelight with her in the post-match …

Welcome – Sports Blog 2019

This is the first week of the Student Athlete Program. This program is designed to improve the character, sportsmanship and leadership of high school athletes.  This program should be fun and engaging. It is not supposed to be “one more thing” or “something you have to do.”  Each week we will focus on a different trait.   Season 1 Season …