Just some thoughts:
This past Monday night I sat in a room with fifty to sixty people and my mind flooded with memories. I was at a coaching clinic. A basketball coaches clinic. I was the only one in the room who is not a coach. Once was but that was long time ago.
I had been invited there by the coach who is hosting a four Monday night clinics of four college coaches in Nashville. As I sat there I thought of the influence and the importance these men and women have in the lives of young people.
I had asked one of the coaches sitting next to me how long he had coached. “Thirty-five” years he said. I thought thirty-five seasons, wonder how many practices that would equate to. Wonder how many long bus rides on those yellow chariots on cold winter nights. How many hot or cold locker rooms, how many officials he has “yelled” at. How many parents he has had to deal with. “My kid should be playing more.” How many, how many.
Coaches, they can be one of the most influential people in the lives of a young person.
“Doc, my monuments’ these kids. For most of them, this team’s the highlight of their lives This here’s their glory days. These become the lifelong memories they’ll relive the rest of their lives.When they’re working in one of the mills around here, or lumbering, or working in the furniture factory, they’ll look back on these days and they’ll talk about’em. Their memories are my legacy, I just don’t want to let them down. I love what I do, and I love the kids I do it for.”
Bryson City Tales—Walt Larimore, M.D.
Coaches are teachers. And teachers make a differences, life changing differences, in the lives of others. Not everyone can say that.
September 27, 2019