The Man Behind The Ice Bucket Challenge – Pete Frates

For the past two weeks, every time I open up my Facebook page, I see a new video of one of my friends accepting the ALS Water Bucket Challenge and then dumping a mixture of ice and water over their heads. In turn, they get to nominate 3 other individuals to do the same thing within 24 hours. It’s interesting …

Mom…You’re the Real MVP #Gratitude

Ladies and gentlemen, that is how you do it! A Very Cool Story: Keven Durant recently provided a speech after receiving the 2014 Most Valuable Player Award from the NBA. Let’s just say it was one of the most emotional speeches I have ever seen, and I have seen way too many. The crux of what he said could be …

Commissioner Silver Banns Sterling for Life #Leadership

Well, everyone is talking about it today, so let’s join the fray.  Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, made several racist remarks to his girlfriend over the weekend. She recorded their conversation and shared it with TMZ. On Sunday, TMZ released this recording. In the following 48 hours, almost the entire world united to condemn Sterling’s comments and …

Lacey & Adreian – A Symbiotic Relationship

If you are a college basketball fan, you probably know two things this morning 1) UConn won the national championship on Monday night and 2) little 8-year old Lacey Hollsworth died yesterday after battling cancer.  America got to know this emotional story as Lacey played such a pivotal role in Michigan State University’s late season run and because of her …

Tracy Barnes Captures the Olympic Spirit

I love the Olympics. I love what it stands for. I love the competition. I love the human interest stories. I love rooting for my country in some obscure sport that I only get to watch once every 4 years. One of those obscure sports is the Biathlon, which combines cross country skiing and shooting proficiency. It is an odd pairing, …

“Next Man Up”

Yes, this is another sports related story and yes, it is one more story about my alma mater, Michigan State University. However, the lessons are applicable to anyone. Let me explain… Max Bullough is from my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan. He was the senior captain, leading tackler and the heart and soul of the #1 ranked defense in the …

Leadership – Coach Dantonio Inspires

Happy New Year and welcome to our new website and improved blog.  I will be writing a new post each week about a current event related to character and leadership.  Please oblige me this time and allow me to speak about something personal to me. I am a graduate of Michigan State University, which makes me a die-hard Spartan (not …

Kentucky High Schools Ban Post-Game Handshakes

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) has banned post-game handshakes between players from opposing high schools. The main reason for this new rule is that 24 fights have broken out in the state of Kentucky following high school athletic contests. The KHSAA warned schools that if the rule is disobeyed, the individual schools will be held responsible for the outcomes. …

High School Football Coach Susupends Players for Lack of Character

Some players were skipping classes, others were getting poor grades, others had a poor attitude and even a few were suspected of cyber bullying a fellow-student at the high school. The coaches at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah, were displeased with the overall character of the football team. “We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men …

Another Senseless Tragedy: Soccer Referee Dies

In his spare time, Ricardo Portillo refereed local youth soccer games simply because he loved doing so. His daughters tried to get him to stop because he was previously attacked by soccer players who disagreed with his calls. One player broke his leg and another broke his ribs. On April 27, 2013, Portillo called a foul on a goalie and issued him a yellow card. …