Happy Birthday to Louisville’s very own Muhammad Ali.
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I know now that the tournament is over everybody will talk about games, moments, players and percentages. Preperation for next year’s season’s will begin and the drama of college basketball will permeate through hollowed halls of basketball arenas, field houses, and gymnasiums everywhere. For me the game has always been a simple love of teamwork and personal choice. I remember helping my dad put up our basketball goal next to the driveway. Working on layups, floater shots and hoping I’d grow another 10″ so I could be decent sized gaurd. But that driveway was the glory days of my playing career. Simple friendly, and family.
Years later I look at the game in awe at times. How a small group can come together and work for the greater good. Knowing when to make personal shots are pass the ball for that quick cut into the lane. This fascination filters into a small admiration for a select few coaches who encompass the real ideals of the game. (Mike Krzyzewski, Pat Summitt, Gene Keady, Ed Wooden)
Last January, I lifted up accolades for Tennessee’s Head Coach, Bruce Pearl, only to find out that he had fallen to the pressures and guise of winning over success. At that same time, a young coach at Butler was beginning to build a new example of how to coach basketball. Brad Stevens is quickly becoming the new darling of the mid-major collegiate basketball universe; however, that is not the most important thing he is doing. By emphasizing his “The Butler Way,” (Five Key Ideas: Humility, Passion, Unity, Servanthood, Thankfulness) he has built a program dedicated to build men and winners.
Below is a great character study sent out by FCA last Tuesday. No matter what happened this past week I still feel compelled to share his story.