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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Everlasting Impact

Interesting how the theme of Heroism has come from 2 different coaches, from opposite sides of the country, so close to Father's Day. Inspiration maybe?  Lou

"That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the end".  Lise Hand

       We are called to "heroism" as coaches. Our young athletes are in deep need for heroes in their lives. They are no longer "OK" when they leave you to go home after practice unless we have made an everlasting impact on them while we have them in our hands. No matter how "functional" you deem their families to be, they need a whole lot more from us than just "coaching the game".

       "It takes a village to raise a child" and you're the most powerful villager of them all. As the quote above says, there is an innate innocence about us all, but it gets tugged at constantly. There is a Rightand a Wrong. Teach your athletes to fight for Decency. Teach them to be the leaders of the future. Extract from them the Hero that lives inside.

       Hand that "ball of decency" off to each of them, coaching the fundamentals of holding it "high and tight" and close to their hearts, and they will, with heads on a swivel,  search for conquests and opportunities to become heroes for others, as you have for them.

By Dan Duddy
Head Football Coach New Jersey

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