An Unintended Consequence – Tough Decision for High School Athletes

Football Cancelled: On August 15, the MHSAA moved the Michigan high school football season from the fall to a spring sport. This was mainly due to Executive Order 160 from the Michigan governor which essentially stated that contact sports were too dangerous due to Covid-19. Students who played football were devastated, as they had made a commitment to the football …

Should High School Athletes Be Allowed to Exercise First Amendment Rights?

On September 11, 2020, Little Miami High School hosted a football game. When the athletes came running out of the tunnel, Jarad Bentley carried the “Thin Blue Line” flag to honor fallen police officers and Brady Williams carried the “Thin Red Line” flag to honor fallen fire fighters. The boys thought this would be a fitting tribute on the 19th …

“The Bad Guy the Rest of his Career” – Reputation Lessons

The Facts: Novak Djokovic, the number one seeded tennis player in the world, was disqualified from the U.S. Open. After losing a point, he hit a tennis ball toward the back of the court. The ball struck a line’s woman in the neck. She fell to the ground, grasping for air. For this, the umpire essentially ejected Djokovic, ruling that …

2020: You are Living Thru History

When students open history books in 100 years, wide-eyed students will undoubtedly study the year of 2020. They will see pictures of: Covid-19 and American citizens wearing masks Businesses shut down and schools closed professional, college and high school sporting events cancelled George Floyd, protests and cities burning dyer race relations, black lives matter, and political unrest Political races involving …

Welcome Sports Blog – 2020

2020 is turning out to be quite a year. This fall could be the most unique sports season in the history of our country. Many of you are not playing a sport at all. Many are playing with restrictions (masks, no fans allowed…). Regardless, we are hoping that this program will provide continuity for all athletes and coaches. This is …

The True Value of Learning – Coronavirus #7

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, almost every school in America closed in mid-March. Districts were given a few weeks to develop a learning plan for the “stay-at-home” environment. Please allow me to summarize what most districts presented to parents, teachers and students. 1) If schools had the ability to use virtual learning, they would utilize this as much as possible …

A Salute to the Seniors of 2020 – Coronavirus #6

At West Craven High School in North Carolina, Principal Wallace decided to surprise every graduating senior by visiting each of their homes. He delivered signs to place in their yards and congratulated them on their big accomplishments.  Turns out, this principal was not the only principal to have such an idea. From Texas to Massachusetts to California to Florida, principals …

Coronavirus #5 – What Can You Do For Your Country?

Last week I told you about the paper delivery guy who decided to help his community by delivering groceries to over 100 people on his route – www.characterandleadership.com/coronavirus-4-one-of-the-finest-people-in-the-world/.  At the conclusion of that post, I asked, “What will you do to help your community?” The number one response was, “I’m going to stay home and stay safe.” I cannot fault …

Coronavirus #4: “One of the Finest People in the World”

Greg Daly delivers the paper. He wakes up every morning and throws papers at houses as he drives by. One morning, one of his customers asked him to throw the paper closer to the door. This made him think, if this lady can’t walk to get her paper, how can she get groceries from a store? So, he put a …

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 …