Be Grateful for What You Have

Inky Johnson is a young man who had a rough upbringing. His mother was 16 when he was born and his father was not involved in his early years. He went on to play football at the University of Tennessee, but suffered a career-ending injury, leaving him unable to achieve his dream of playing in the NFL. Joe’s Perspective: This …

The Victims of Las Vegas

So, what do we know? We know that a man gathered over 30 high-powered guns in his hotel room in Las Vegas. He checked into a suite and scoped the line of fire for four solid days. And, for reasons that we may never understand, he deliberately and continuously shot thousands of bullets into the a crowd of people attending …

Walk-On Players Receive Scholarships To Reinforce Core Values

All across college football, walk-on players are being rewarded with scholarships. Walk-on players are players who are not “good enough” to receive an athletic scholarship right out of high school. They typically report to camp and try out to make the team as a “walk-on.” They receive no money to do this and typically serve on the “scout” teams for …

Football, Politics and First Amendment Rights

In 2016, Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem. He did this to draw attention to what he perceived as an injustice in America. He believed that young black men were being unjustly killed by white police officers. A handful of players joined Kaepernick in his protest. This became a hot political issue. Throughout the 2016 season and …

New Football Tradition in Iowa

The University of Iowa started a new tradition this year. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the fans turn and wave to the children watching from the top of the Children’s Hospital.  It is a small gesture, maybe even a token one, but those sick and struggling kids know that 70,000+ fans are waiving at them.  To be sure, …

JJ Watt – A True Leader and Role Model

JJ Watt is an all-pro defensive end for the Houston Texans. After Hurricane hit Texas last week, he challenged people to donate money to help relief efforts. Watt initially donated $100,000 of his own money and asked people to match it. That took 2 hours. He raised his goal to half a million, then 1 million, then 2… A few …

Poor Behavior, Social Media and Consequences

Earlier this summer, a team from Virginia competed in the girl’s Little League World Series. They were set to play the semi-final game against the host team from Washington. Prior to this game, one member of this Virginia team posted a picture to Snapchat of her and her teammates flipping off the team from Washington with the caption, “Look out …

Citizens Helping Citizens – Hurricane Harvey

As you probably already know, Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas earlier this week. One of the hardest hit cities was Houston, Texas. Flooding has taken an enormous toll on the citizens of this great city. Federal, state and city officials have been working effectively together to provide relief to thousands upon thousands of citizens. However, it simply was not possible …

The Value of Freedom

Yeonmi Park is a refugee from North Korea. She tells her story at the Young World’s Conference earlier this year. She talks about the human rights violations that persist in North Korea.  If you don’t know, North Korea is a nation ruled by a dictator, Iim Jong Un. He brainwashes and oppresses his people. As this poor, yet strong girl …

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. …