Friday, April 5, 2013

Rutgers Coaching and John Wooden

The recent exposure of the behavior of coach Rice towards his 'Student Athletes' moved me to include this post in what was intended to be primarily an art blog.  The crossover is the matter of integrity - in art as in life.

Anyone who has participated in organized sports has gone through the personal struggles of performance, learning and very often is always internalized..  You look for ways of coping with learning the game, staying healthy, and the deep expectations of parents, coaches, alumni and teammates.  The tenuous life line of scholarships preys on often undeveloped coping skills and creates a a group of young people highly susceptible to intimidation... They see the results of heavy muscle getting its way in everyday life..and by splitting your concentration between the game and personal survival is totally unproductive and can have lasting consequences. In contrast to the despicable bullying some coaches and unfortunately some parents I want to point to the career of John Wooden... Fascinating that this guy from farming country in Indiana could bring home ten national championships for UCLA without resorting to stepping on his players faces....and being paid bupkis in today's terms.

Lew Alcindor and coach Wooden
Role models and respect..end of story.

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment."
"Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation.Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are."
   John Wooden

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