The Power of Positivity

This is a very powerful video. It is so instructive. I hope we all pay attention. The funny thing is that I don’t know what anyone is saying in the video. I don’t speak Japanese. I don’t know the context of this video. Still, the power of the video is overwhelming. What looks to be a 6-year-old boy (lets call …

A Home Run in Sportsmanship

Competing for the chance to play in the Minnesota state championship, pitcher Ty Koen struck out Jack Kocon to end the game. For everyone involved, it was a typical scene – one team wins and advances while the other team loses and goes home. It happens everyday in sports. However, this scene was a little different. You see, Ty Koen …

Have We Forgotten How to Make Friends?

Please watch the following video. It made me stop and reflect. I hope it does the same for you too. Joe’s Perspective: Please understand that society didn’t have this issue 20 years ago. This is a new phenomenon. People used to go into public places and routinely start conversations… with complete strangers. They would make eye contact, smile, ask questions, …

Sport Really Can Teach So Much #Humility

At a 12 and under tournament, Barcelona beat Japan 1-0 in the finals of the Junior World Cup. After the final whistle, members of the Japan team were openly weeping. It crushed them to lose. Members of the Barcelona team noticed their reaction and stopped celebrating. They immediately began consoling the team they just beat. Joe’s Perspective: Sport really does …

How’s Your School Spirit?

At an Appleton East home football game, the student section was having some fun in the stands. Students took turns leading the student section in their unique form of fun. Along comes officer Taschner, who appears to be breaking up the fun. He asks for this student’s ID and then tells him to take a seat. However, the officer then …

Homeless Man Helps Stranded Football Player Get to Playoff Game

It was Saturday, January 12. Kansas City, Kansas. The temperature was 30 degrees and it was snowing hard. A man named Dave Cochran was driving down Interstate 40. He pulled his Suburban over to the side of the road to help someone stranded in the ditch. After successfully helping this family out of the ditch, Cochran saw another car in …

…And Sometimes You Fail

There I was, watching the Chicago Bears play the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs. With less than a minute to go, Philadelphia scored a go-ahead touchdown, 16-15.  On the following kickoff, the Chicago returner made an outstanding play. The quarterback then threw a great pass down the field for a big reception. With just seconds to …

A Swing and A Miss: Lessons Learned

Have you ever done something with good intentions and discovered, that despite your good intentions, that there were unintended negative consequences. This is what happened with me and my latest blog. I have been writing my blog for 5 years and I have written over 500 posts. As I say to educators everywhere – the intent of the blog is …

Becca Longo Becomes First Female to Receive a Football Scholarship

Growing up in Arizona, Becca was always a great athlete. She excelled at soccer, softball, basketball and water-skiing. When high school rolled around, Becca took an interest in football. She tried out for her high school team as a kicker.  As a sophomore, she made the junior varsity team. She made 30 of 34 field extra points and all four …

NFL Running Back Released for Domestic Violence

Kareem Hunt was the featured running back for the Kansas City Chiefs. Last year, as a rookie, he led the NFL in rushing yards. This year he is a big part of the reason why the Chiefs hold the best record in the AFC at 10-2.  That all changed this week after a video was released of Hunt physically abusing …