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 …

“If You Want to Be Good, You Don’t Have a lot of Choices”

Nick Saban, head football coach at the University of Alabama held a press conference and spoke off the cuff about something he called an “illusion of choice.” He said, “We have a younger generation that isn’t told no or told exactly how to do it.” As a consequence, many young people have this illusion they can do what they want. …

Do You Give 100% Effort? Really?

Coach Geno Auriemma, head coach the the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Team, tells a story that shows the difference between effort and real effort. He asks an athlete to run a drill. The athlete does so. Then, he takes out a $100 bill and tells the same athlete that he will give the athlete the $100 bill if he/she …

#Perseverance

PERSEVERANCE…THE WILL TO SURVIVE…DESIRE…WANTING IT BAD ENOUGH…NEVER GIVE UP…WANTING IT MORE THAN THE OTHER GUY… YOU PICK YOUR ANALOGY. THIS IS AN AMAZING STORY. YOUR TURN: IF YOU HAD TO TITLE THIS VIDEO, WHAT WOULD YOU TITLE IT? WHAT LESSON DOES IT TEACH?