• The impact you’ve had on me that has inspired my desire and drive to instill BB in emotionally disturbed/Learning disable male youth

    Posted: April 10th, 2011


    I have lived in my community all my life. I am 51 years old Female. I played basketball in high school, softball, track. It was the only thing i really had to look forward to. Both parents were deceased at 13 years of age. i grew up needing something to fill that void. It has always been watching you coach and the level of caring i have seen in your coaching. Because of you coach K I have been driven to be the best at everything i have done. i have coach softball and the pass 8 years varsity behavior youth. I have worked with youth for 27 years and i love it. What is precious to me is helping them home in on their skills and to build confidence and self worth through this sports. I have modeled my coaching after you. I am a Duke fan and have always been since you have been coaching. If i had wish and it could come true it would be to have you be a guest speaker at my school at our sports banquet. Ahhh that would be so awesomefor my boys but, it would be awesome for me. These guys struggle with becoming decent young men. With the help of people like you whom has had a impact on me. I’m making a difference trust me. If I save one boy from failure it’s worth everything. I respect and appreciate the job you do. Those young men play hard for you. That’s the true sign of a great coach. Thank you for instilling hope in me so that i can reflect with those that feel hopeless.

Balance

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K
Care

When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K
Adversity

Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K
Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K
Commitment

When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K
Communication

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K
Adaptability

You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K
Courage

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K
Belief

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K
Challenges

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K
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