Coronavirus #3: The Real Heroes & Role Models

The coronavirus epidemic has taught us a few important lessons. One of those lessons is really a reminder of what we already know to be true.  The real heroes are not athletes and entertainers. Simply being in a high profile position or viewed regularly on television does not make someone a positive role model. The past few weeks has demonstrated …

Coronavirus Post #2: What is Our Civic Responsibility?

Undoubtedly, most of you have seen this photo of college students partying on spring break smack dab in the middle of the coronavirus outbreak. This happened about the time that entire states issued “stay at home” mandates and shut down entire sectors of our economy. The main reason that students maintained their spring break plans was because coronavirus mainly affects …

Coronavirus 2020 – What Will You Do with Your Time?

The Coronavirus has taken a strong hold on the world, including America and the American economy. This virus originated in China in early January when a few individuals ate a bat. This gave them a new virus, something that has never been seen before, thus there was no vaccine or treatment. The virus spread wildly through China and then on …

A Powerful Message for Parents in the Stands

I never coached my eldest daughter. Instead, I sat in the stands and made little comments like, “Watch the pick,” “hustle back on D,” “Don’t leave your man.”  Things like that. I then watched the following video by Frank Martin, the animated basketball coach of the University of South Carolina. I realized that, according to him, I crossed the line …

Trashaun Willis, a Role Model to Us All

Trashaun Willis is a 6’5” 235 lb. junior at Washington High School in Washington, Iowa. He was the starting middle linebacker in football, recording the most tackles for loss on the team. He was also the backup quarterback, and is expected to be the starter as a senior. On the basketball court, he dunks, hits three pointers, defends and dives …

A Life Altering Moment

Michael Harris, a sophomore at Eastern Kentucky who transferred from Auburn, was arrested after officers were called about a disturbance at a local business. When officers responded to the call, they tried to deescalate the situation. However, Harris became aggressive. He invaded the officer’s space. As things began to escalate, Harris picked up the officer and body-slammed him to the …

MSU Players Ban Twitter for the Season

“Gonna be a fun year with my dawgs! See y’all April 7th,” tweeted Foster Lawyer of the Michigan State University Men’s Basketball Team. And with that tweet and similar tweets from other team members, their accounts went dark. The team agreed to get away from the negative comments from social media. “Focus on you, focus on your teammates, focus on …

Remembering the Life of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant was a husband and father of four daughters, just like me. Unlike me, he was one of the greatest basketball players to ever live.  He played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers and won 5 championships. He ranks 4th on the list of most points scored in the NBA. On Sunday, his helicopter flew into a …

A Touching Story About Rosa Parks and Mike Ilitch

Everyone knows the story of Rosa Parks, or at least everyone should. In 1954 she was the brave soul who refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man. You see, in Montgomery and many other places in the south, whites sat in the front of the bus and blacks sat in the back. On this …