First Post for New Athletic Program

This is the first week of the new 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 …

Welcome Blog – 2017

If you are reading this in Arizona or Louisiana, you have been back in school for 2 weeks, but if you are in New York or Michigan, you still have two more weeks before you return to school. Either way, I want to welcome you to this class.  Below you can tell me your thoughts on the class so far. …

The Power of Positive Thinking

Almost everyone says they want to be successful, but not everyone knows what it takes to get there. In the following video, several celebrities provide their insight.  I thought this was quite “eye-opening.” This is a very powerful life lesson. Without the power of positive thinking and without fully believing in yourself, it seems almost impossible to achieve much of …

Baseball Player Called the N Word

Baltimore Oriole outfielder, Adam Jones, was called the N word during a game at Fenway Park in Boston. The same fans threw a bag of peanuts at him. The fans were immediately kicked out of the game, but Jones wanted more action taken. After an investigation by the Red Sox, the identified fans were banned for life from Fenway Park. …

New Orleans Removes Confederate Monuments

Last week the city of New Orleans removed 4 confederate monuments – one entitled Liberty Monument and the other three to commemorate Generals Robert E Lee, P.G.T. Beauregard and Jefferson Davis (president of the Confederate States of America).  The city council previously voted to take down the monuments, 6-1.  City workers actually had to do the work during the night, wearing …

United Airlines Set to Lose Millions, Maybe Billions

Last week United flight 3411 was scheduled to travel from Chicago to Louisville. The full flight was completely full and loaded with passengers. Just before takeoff, a United flight ticket agent said the flight was overbooked and asked 4 passengers to voluntarily leave the plane. In exchange, the airline would offer $400, a hotel room and status on a flight …

Sportsmanship Defined

Mitchell McKee, a 15-year old freshmen discovered that his dad had terminal cancer and that he would undoubtedly die from this dreaded disease sooner rather than later. In an effort to take the pain away, even for a moment, Mitchell set a goal to win the state championship in wrestling as a sophomore. Fast forward 9 months and Mitchell found …

Every School Can Replicate, “We Dine Together” Club

A very cool idea started at Boca Raton High School in Florida.  They actually call it a club – the We Dine Together Club. These students believe that no student should have to eat alone at their school. They believe that school should not be an isolating experience. So, each day members of this group roam the lunchroom and the …

“We Put a Huge Premium on Body Language”

“We put a huge premium on body language, and if your body language is bad you will never get in the game…EVER!” These are the words of Geno Auriemma, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, UConn, the man that has led his team to 11 national championships. He claims that recruiting “enthusiastic” “upbeat” kids is tougher today than ever. The reason is that …