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Monday, May 16, 2011

Which Ring?

I was visiting with one of the coaches in our Association, Bruce Scifres of Indianapolis Roncalli High School once. He has coached 6 State Championship teams in 1993, 1994, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

We were in his office talking when a group of players gathered at the door.

"Coach, out of the 6 State rings you have, which one is the most important to you - or the one you like the most?"

Bruce simply lifted up his left hand and showed them his wedding ring. 

They stood there looking at him in a somewhat stunned silence. I was looking at the expressions on their faces change as the lesson set in.

As they were turning around to leave, Coach said, "Boys ..."

"Yes, Sir."

"And it always will be."

I felt blessed just to be able to witness this simple, basically one minute exchange. You could tell that those young men just learned something they will never forget. I include myself in that group as well.

No wonder so many former players come back to coach or be involved at Roncalli ... they want to keep learning.

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