Coach Aaron Feis, Hero

On Valentine’s Day, a 19-year-old kid snuck into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with his high-powered gun and open-fired. He killed 17 individuals. Fourteen of the 17 individuals were students at the high school, ranging from 14-18 years of age. Aaron Feis was one of the three adults killed. He was a security guard at the school and an assistant football …

Spreading Happiness…One Sock at a Time

John Cronin was born with Down’s Syndrome, but as he says, “Down’s Syndrome never holds me back.” He always wanted to form a business. After a couple of failed ideas, he and his father formed, “John’s Crazy Socks.” They sell 1,500 different types of socks.  In their first year, they grossed 1.4 million dollars. If you order a pair of …

How Do You Know if You’re Being Recruited?

You might know this, but less than 2% of high school athletes receive a collegiate athletic scholarship. Yet, many adolescents believe they will earn such a scholarship. Instead of my usual blog about a sports-related blog related to character and leadership, I am going to provide a blog that might help you understand if you are being recruited. The following …

A Sensitive Topic – Sexual Abuse

I typically don’t write about topics such as these, mainly because I know some middle school children read these posts. However, this topic needs to be discussed. Over the past several years, hundreds of sexual abuse stories have been reported.  Jerry Sandusky, a coach at Penn State sexually abused at least 10 boys. Comedian, Bill Cosby, reportedly drugged women and …

When Your Moment Comes…Will You Be Ready?

Can’t believe it. Unbelievable. Down 13-0 at the end of the first half of the national championship game, Coach Nick Sabin decides to sit down his starting quarterback, a quarterback who had a 25-2 record. In his place, he starts true freshman,  Tua Tagovailoa, who has never started a college game nor played meaningful minutes. Despite his inexperience… Despite his …

Steph Curry Being… Human

Steph Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors and is widely considered one of the best basketball players in the world.  It is important to note that he, along with all athletes, are human beings first (yes, I just wrote that sentence). We forget. These athletes have parents, they went to kindergarten, graduated from high school, fell in love, got …

Officer Buys Gym Membership for Teen Instead of Arresting Him

Teenager Vincent Gonzales was repeatedly caught sneaking into a gym, X-Sport Fitness, in Skokie, Illinois. Employee, Justin Pritchet warned him time and again, but Vincent kept returning. So, when Vincent snuck past the front desk again one October afternoon, Pritchett called the police. When Officer Mario Valenti arrived, he decided to take out his wallet instead of handcuffs. “He pulled out …

What Will Be Your Last Words?

David Cassidy died this week at the age of 67. While I don’t expect you to remember him, he was a bonefied teen star back in the 1970’s. He is best remembered for his starring role as Keith Partridge on the sitcom, The Partridge Family. He toured America as a pop-singer, selling out arena after arena. It didn’t last very …

Baker Mayfield, Composure & the Heisman Trophy

On Saturday, Oklahoma played Kansas in college football. The quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners is Baker Mayfield, the clear favorite for this year’s Heisman Trophy (the most valuable college football player). Before the game, captains from the Kansas football team decided that they would not partake in the customary shaking of hands with the captains of the Oklahoma team. This …

“We’re going to Win and Lose with Class”

Michigan State University hosted #7 ranked Penn State University on Saturday. With no time on the clock, MSU kicked a field goal to defeat the Nitany Lions, 17-14. Following the tough loss, members of the Penn State hung their heads and began to walk off the field. Head coach James Franklin sprinted toward these players, directing them to get back on …