For Athletes Time is Just a Number

Your parents are worried your increased interest in athletic pursuits will have a negative effect on your grades. You make the promise nothing like that will ever happen, but the nightly two-hour practices are eating into your homework time. What can you do to keep the promise to your parents?

You aren’t alone in this situation. The leap from childhood to the teenage years – includes a natural increase in the amount of homework you stash in your book bag. Around the same time in your life, you decide to ‘step up your game’ by trying out for stronger and more competitive athletic teams. You want to make the jump from the ‘recreational’ athlete to that of performing in the more competitive ‘select’ or ‘travel’ arena.

The twice-a-week recreational practice and once-a-week game schedule has now become a week filled with four practice days and two game days – or even a complete weekend of multiple tournament games. It’s tough to scrounge up enough time to finish your schoolwork, and when you do sit down and open a text book you find yourself so exhausted you can’t even concentrate.

Professional basketball coach Pat Riley once commented, “There are only two options regarding commitment. You’re either in or you’re out. There’s no such thing as life in-between.” This is exactly true of your life right now. This is where you must make a commitment to following some simple rules of time management. You have already decided you want to better yourself as an athlete by increasing your activity in a sport, but you cannot take this time from your study time.

There will always be some consequence to every decision you make, that’s why it’s important to think about them carefully. You know you have to get started on researching a social studies report, but the report isn’t due until next week. So, you log into the GroupMe chat set up with your friends. A quick ‘check-in’ results in eating up 45 minutes. Those minutes are lost. You cannot get them back. Using them to start your research would definitely lower the stress level affecting your school performance next week. By making such a simple adjustment, you have initiated a time management strategy. The mature decision not only helps you keep a promise to your parents, but it also lets you keep the even bigger promise to yourself. Besides, if you are productive you may also get those 5 minutes of chatting you promised yourself, but as a reward!

Successful coaches are the ones to make every minute of practice time matter. The same can be said of successful student-athletes. Develop a weekly and daily ‘quick assessment’ of all the school work you are facing. For example, you have a social studies report but still have 10 days before it is due. If this week is light on math and science homework, set up some extra time to start your project. If you let “light” homework weeks be too relaxed you will end up with all-nighter the next week. Take advantage of the natural balance in your homework and be as productive as you can.

There may be times when it may just seem impossible for you to fit everything into your life. If it comes down to a decision between your school work and athletics, there really isn’t a decision to make. Education is priority one. Let your coach know of your situation as soon as possible. Some coaches may tell you skipping practice will result in not starting or not playing the next game. The coach may not want to make such a harsh decision but he also must consider your teammates who are not missing a practice, particularly if there is a set of team rules, which cannot be ignored. However, most coaches are very understanding and if they see you are a hardworking student-athlete they will give you a chance to make it up to the team.


Life’s A Balancing Act For Student Athletes


Life’s a balancing act and right now school’s your job. That said, it may seem like your team sport is also a full-time commitment, and it kind of is. Finding time to do both often requires careful scheduling. How can you keep your grades on course, while still sticking to a training schedule, making it to practice and playing games?

Set Your Priorities

You’ve got a major Spanish final coming up. You’re not exactly confident about it. But you also have soccer practice. Chances are that you need some extra study time right now – making that Spanish final a priority.

This doesn’t mean that you ditch your sport. Instead, talk to your coach and explain what’s going on. Ask if you can miss one practice or leave early in order to hit the library. Coaches often are very understanding about this and know that right now you are a student-athlete and need to succeed in order to become an athletic-student. Besides, if you get a good grade your teacher is more likely to let you leave class a bit early for a game and will have acknowledge your dedication to both sports and academics.

Stick to a Schedule

Before the season starts, set up a school work schedule. Figure out how much time you need for each subject. Add these blocks of time around your practices and games. Put your schedule on your phone or write it on a calendar so you can look at every day.

Avoid Late Nights

The schedule’s set. Great! But, it seems to include a lot of late-night study sessions. You aren’t as likely to learn what you need to know (at least, not to your fullest potential) if your studying time happens when you’re overly tired. If you can squeeze in some after-school study time before going to your 7 pm game, do it. Waiting until you get home at 10 may mean that you have to stay up until midnight just to finish your homework.

Make the Most of Weekends

Unless you have a full weekend tournament, Saturday and Sunday give you plenty of time to hit the books. Yes, you want time to relax and spend with your friends. But, you also need to study. Make school work a priority and put it at the beginning of your weekend days. Then, you can get together with friends later on in the evening! If you try to have scheduled weekends you will soon realize that waking up at 9am, instead of noon like most of your friends gives you three hours of very productive time!

Study in School

You could spend your 15 minutes of homeroom, the 45 minutes of study hall or your free period texting friends. Or, you could take advantage of this in-school time to do tomorrow’s homework or study for a test.

Put Together a Team Study Group

Sometimes studying is easier with a buddy. If you have teammates in your classes, set up a study group and make plans to meet before or after practices. Not only can you help each other with your school work, but you’re also getting the chance to be social.

Combining school and sports takes time management skills and dedication. You only have 24 hours in a day, and almost half that time is spent sleeping! Create a manageable schedule that you can realistically follow, making it perfectly possible to get your homework done and be your best on the field too! It may be hard at first but it is definitely possible.

5 Tips to Encourage Your Sport Loving Kids to Focus on School

Having a kid who loves sports is great, but what if it comes at the expense of their study? All parents want their kid to have a plan b, just in case that dream of being a professional athlete doesn’t work out as planned.

Everyone has a passion in life, and if your kid’s is sports, you may be struggling to keep them focused on school too. If your kid loves running across the field, tackling members on the other team and scoring those winning points, it’s no wonder the quiet environment of the classroom doesn’t appeal. Your child might dream of being a professional sports player, and though you want to support and encourage them, you know that millions of other kids out there share the same dream.


So how can you encourage your child to focus on school and get good grades? It’s a question parents have been trying to answer for generations. If your child has a lot of extracurricular activities, it can be hard to find the time to do homework. So how can you make it a priority and get your kid excited about school?


#1: Show an interest

If sport is your kid’s passion, there’s a chance it’s yours too. If you know your kid loves talking about it, then you will too. You’ll get just as excited listening to the blow by blow account of each game. But do you show the same enthusiasm for school work? If you want your kid to be interested in school, then you need to be interested too. Ask them what they’re learning about, help with homework, or share some interesting thing you learned while you were still in school. Try to make school yet another thing you can bond over.


#2: Make time for it

One thing’s for certain, schools are setting too much homework these day. Some kids have hours to complete each evening. This is on top of sports clubs, drama groups, music lessons and socializing. Oh, and that little thing called family time. It’s a juggling act, and it’s all too easy to drop a few balls. Make sure you don’t let your child fall behind on their homework. Make sure there is time each day for them to focus on school work, but don’t let it come at the expense of that much-needed family time.


#3: Create a homework space

You know yourself just how important a work environment can be. If it’s cluttered, disorganized or filled with distractions, you may not work as effectively as you would otherwise. The same is true for your child. Make sure they have an organized and quiet space to do their homework. Somewhere free from distractions.


#4: Encourage Free Time

Kids benefit from structure, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Children need time to get messy, play and run around free from the rules of sports. Children can end up feeling burnt out after too much time spent in structured activities and groups, so make sure you prioritize free play at home too. It also helps to spread homework throughout the week, so you avoid having homework for four hours on a given night.


5: Even pros need a good business mind

Professional sports players don’t have careers that will last them a lifetime. The career span of a professional player is short. Some go on to be coaches, allowing them to continue making money whilst doing something they love. Others go on to become entrepreneurs. Some manage their money wisely whilst they’re getting the big bucks and manage to support themselves that way. It’s all too easy to be knocked out of your dream job because of injury, so it’s important to have a plan b. After all, how will your child manage his millions properly if he didn’t pay attention in math class?

Balancing Practice And School Work

Imagine the coach hands you the practice schedule and you stare back with that, “Um, how many days does this say?” look. When team training takes over the after-school hours, keeping up on homework and other activities isn’t always easy. Whether your child has baseball practice three evenings a week, volleyball every day for two hours or hits the soccer field every other day finding balance between training time and school work is a must-do. How can you help your child to keep the playing and academic fields leveled?


Set Up a Schedule

Simply saying, “You’ll get your homework done when practice is over” isn’t enough. Saying one task goes after the other will lead your child to linger in the shower after they get home, surf the web and will eventually run out of time before bedtime, then what? Having a set schedule provides structure and allows you to split the after-school hours as evenly as possible.

On practice days, plan schoolwork time around your child’s sports training. That said, you need to keep other activities and events in mind when you pick times. For example, if they have soccer from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. You don’t want to be eating dinner at 9:00pm, so you need to set aside time for a meal between practice and homework. Instead of just saying the schedule out loud, write it down. Use colors for each activity, and try to stick to the picks!

Saying When

Even though skipping out on practice isn’t advisable, you can’t let your child’s grades suffer. If their sport is getting in the way of school, you have to make some concessions. This may mean dropping travel softball and only playing on the school or community team or limiting your child to one sport per season.

If your child is really starting to suffer academically, talk to the coach. Ask about taking a break until their grades rebound or see if it’s possible to trim-down a training schedule.

Weekend Warrior

A weekend-only league may be the ticket to freeing up time for weekday school work. Instead of having to fit everything in Monday through Friday, a Saturday/Sunday sport allows your child to split sports and school time. They then have every after-school day to study and work on assignments. Having seven rather than five days a week available will allow you and your child to plan ahead and succeed in sports and academics.

Talk It Out

Is your child really overwhelmed, or do you just think that they are? Maybe they have it all under control, but your parental instinct would also be right.

Ask your child how they feel about their out-of-school time. Get specific and ask questions such as, “Are you worried about getting your homework done on time?” or, “How much time do you need to work on school assignments?” This line of conversation helps you to judge where your child’s time is out of balance and what you need to do to make them feel more comfortable or confident.

Finding a balance between school and sports is a challenge that you can meet. While it isn’t a snap, with some careful planning, the willingness to limit the number of activities that your child takes on and some deep discussion you can keep their academic and athletic lives in check!


In Pursuit of the ‘Coveted’ Athletic Scholarship

Synopsis: Blame it on the fact the cost of a college education has obtained a permanent place on the escalator to infinity. Blame it on the fact the plethora of sports-related cable/satellite channels are so hungry to fill vacant viewing hours athletic participants of every intercollegiate sport offered are capturing their version of Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame. Whatever the reason, there continues to be an upsurge in the efforts put forth by high school student-athletes (and parents) to reach the promised land of a secure college athletic scholarship. IMG_3601

Reality is the best starting point when discussing athletic scholarships. A University of Washington study found 59 percent of high school varsity football players believe they will receive an athletic scholarship upon graduation. In reality, only two percent of all high school athletes will participate collegiately in any sport. A snapshot of NCAA Division I and Division II sports offerings put the number of athletic scholarships in the vicinity of 138,000. Break that down further by looking at the number of high school girls track athletes (over 600,000) and the number of collegiate track scholarships in those two NCAA divisions (4,500), and the sting of reality is even greater.  Only four NCAA sports offer complete scholarships, also referred to as ‘full rides,’ a fact which also needs to be understood.

Those realities aside, there are still opportunities for those student-athletes not considered among the elite in their respective sports. Regardless of whether the student is an elite athlete, academics cannot be discounted. Intercollegiate athletic recruiters want to see how successful student-athletes are in the classroom, as well as ACT and SAT scores. A gymnast with a 3.4 GPA is likely to get the nod over a recruit of similar athletic ability who carries a 2.7 GPA. Recruiters will also ask classroom-related questions such as:

·      How much does the student-athlete participate in class discussion?

·      Do teachers consider the student-athlete responsible and committed?

·      Are homework assignments turned in on time?

·      Is the student-athlete self motivated?

College recruiters want to fill rosters with student-athletes who have the focus and motivation to earn a degree. They want athletes who will commit to athletic and academic disciplines.

Student-athletes need to be involved with other extracurricular activities –besides sports. Leadership is also a big part of being a team member. Holding a position in student government or being a part of a thespian group may show the initiative a college coach seeks in a player.

Student-athletes need to inform their high school coaches early on about their desire to play collegiately. It is common for high school coaches to ask players after their freshman year of their intent on playing an intercollegiate sport. If a coach does not do this, the student-athlete must take the initiative and initiate the conversation about playing the sport at the college level.

It is important for the student-athlete to research the universities that interest him or her. At this step, parents and student-athletes must become realistic. Look at schools that will fit the athletic and academic level of the student-athlete. Ask the high school coach for input. Good high school head coaches will assist players in initial contacts and introduction packets to be sent via email. Recruiting visits are not limited to the major universities. After narrowing down the potential colleges to attend, schedule a visit during the student-athlete’s junior year. Interested college recruiters may also make such invitations if there is mutual interest.

Even if the student-athlete is not expecting to be recruited at a Division I or II university, do not forget to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. A college recruiter may see something in a student-athlete that a parent or the player may not recognize. Not being registered with the clearinghouse process could result in a lost opportunity for the student-athlete.






How To Help Your Kid Turn A Hobby Into A Career

Essentially all parents will tell you that all they want for their child is happiness. You want your child to grow old and happy, spend his days doing something he loves, surrounded by people who love him. So, how can you help him achieve that dream job on the field?

Turning a hobby or a passion into a career is most people’s idea of heaven. Being paid to do something you love, and earning a living while enjoying yourself, is pretty much a universal dream. “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”Parents especially love to help this dream become a reality for their growing children.

If your child is gifted at sports, and passionate about the game, he is probably dreaming big and hoping that he will one day play professionally. As his parent, you want to believe it can be done, but you also know how slim the odds are for anyone wanting to become a professional sports player.

So, what can you do to help increase your child’s chance of achieving pro status?

Keep it fun
Your child wants to be a professional sports player because he loves the sport. To allow him to compete to be a pro, you need to let his love for the game continue. This means following his lead, letting him play as often as he likes, and not ‘forcing’ him to play when he doesn’t want to. The game he loves shouldn’t feel like a chore, it should be something he loves doing most of the time.

Encourage diversity
Most professional sports players played a variety of sports when they were growing up. Committing to a single sport too soon actually increases the risk of injury. You may want to encourage your child to spend time playing as many sports as possible, and not just sports that you feel will complement his favorite sport; let him experiment with any sport he wants. All sports improve fitness and teach important lessons in confidence, self-esteem, coordination, and social interactions.

Seek out opportunities
There are plenty of opportunities out there for your child to get noticed. Seek them out and encourage your child to give them his all. There are summer sports camps, county teams to try out for, scouts to play in front of, and sports scholarships to win. Consider yourself your child’s career coach and help him make the most of the opportunities available.

Be realistic
It’s important to stay realistic, and it’s even more important to help your child stay realistic too. There is nothing wrong with dreaming big or aiming high, but it’s important to know that it will require a lot of hard work to reach the top. Make sure your child works hard on his studies, and spends time on other hobbies and passions, so that he has a fall back plan in place. There are many ways that your child can turn their love of a sport into a career beyond playing.

Nurture him
A career in sports isn’t easy. Once the struggle to the top is over, and you’re signed to a professional team, there is plenty of hard work and pressure to come. Your child will need to grow up and know how to handle stress, react well under pressure, and cope with the emotional strains of both winning and losing. The best way to teach these skills to your child is to model them yourself. Nurture your child, give him the best start in life, and allow him to grow into a well-rounded adult who can excel at sports, even when it comes to coping with being at the bottom of the league.

Are you the parent of a future professional sports player? What steps are you taking to help your child achieve his dreams? What other ways can your child stay involved in sports as a career?

Sports Can Help Your Kids Learn How to Learn

143 (2) Synopsis: The lessons learned in youth sports are more than just physical. The mental challenge presented by many sports can do wonders for the minds of young people.

Depending on what sports your child chooses to play, there will likely be a variety of specific skills that they need to learn in order to excel in that sport. Beyond basic athletic movements like running and jumping, many sports that kids love to play require additional skills like throwing, catching, swinging, kicking, and more. While they might not grow up to be a professional athlete in their chosen sport, the process of learning these skills is something that will likely pay off for years to come.

The classroom setting at school is where kids will do most of their learning. Not only will they learn vital skills such as reading and math, they will also learn to grasp more complicated concepts later in life. Intelligence is not only measured by what a person knows, but also their capacity for learning new concepts. The more capable a child is to processing information, the easier school will be as they move through grades and into college.DSC_0524

However, not all learning has to take place in the classroom. The same effect can be achieved by learning a sport-specific skill from a coach on their team. For example, kids who participate in basketball have to learn a variety of skills including proper shooting form, passing technique, defensive fundamentals, and more. As they progress in the sport, coaches will provide them with instruction as to how they can improve their mechanics with something like shooting a basketball. Processing that information, and then translating it into how they shoot the ball, is a developmental process that will help them succeed.

As kids develop and progress in their respective sports, the tactical and strategic part of the game becomes more important since the basic technical skills are being improved but no longer new to them.

Kids conditioned with learning skills from sports not only use their minds to process the coaching they receive, but they also have the ability to get instant feedback and results that prove they are improving. If a child is having trouble shooting free throws, and is helped by a coach, they can quickly see the fruits of their labor when more of their free throws start going through the hoop. This is one of countless possible examples of how a child can learn how when they are participating in any number of different sports.

Too many people have the impression that sports are only good for physical exercise and for burning off the energy in young kids. In fact, there is a profound mental component to sports, and the lessons that are learned can be on par with those that are learned inside of a regular classroom. By engaging your children in the sports they are passionate about, you will be giving them an opportunity to expand their mental capacity beyond what they receive during the school day.

Meeting with a College Coach

Congratulations! You have successfully scheduled a meeting with the college coach of your dream university. This is your time to make a lasting impression and to stick out in a positive way.

As a college coach I want to meet the athlete to see if he would be a good fit for my program. Most athletes bring their parents to the meeting as well which is fine. I’m interested to see how the player interacts with his parents. Is Mom doing all the talking? Or is the athlete always looking for reassurance from his parents before answering questions? Keep in mind, I am recruiting the player, not the parents. I want mature players on my team, players that are responsible and independent, players that can make their own difficult decisions and I want players that can think freely and on their own.

I understand that picking a college is a major decision and it’s a decision that needs to be made as a family, especially the financial considerations are often the decision of the parents and not the child. However, I’m amazed how many times the parents are actually the ones doing all the talking. It immediately raises red flags for me. If the athlete is shy, too bad. It is time to step up and be your own person!

A couple of days before the meeting

My last blog entry discussed what you needed to do to get a college coach to notice you. Now you have your meeting set up and you need to do some more homework before the meeting. Educate yourself about the team roster and the game schedule. Ideally you should have watched the team play before your meeting with the coach, either in a game or in a practice. This gives you a general idea of the level of the team and if you can see yourself play for the team. It also gives you a perfect conversation topic for your meeting.

You should email the coach a couple of days before the meeting to confirm the time and the location of the meeting. This shows professionalism and maturity. I also suggest that you bring a copy of your game schedule in case the coach hasn’t seen you play yet.

Meeting Day

On the day of the meeting you will probably be a bit nervous. This is ok. Just take a deep breath and have a couple of questions prepared and you will be fine. Make sure to be on time for the meeting and dress appropriately. I don’t think wearing a suit or khakis is necessary but some coaches might be more old school than I am. Baseball caps and baggy or ripped jeans are a no. Remember you want to make an impression and represent yourself the best you can.

Questions to Ask?


This is the only way you are going to find out if the coach has a serious interest in you and how he or she sees your role on the team. Also, if you are not asking any questions, a coach might think that you don’t have a serious interest in the school or the team. This also gives you an opportunity to ask questions about the school and academics, about the area and campus life and about the goals and expectations of the team and you as a player. Keep in mind that you are the one doing most of the talking and the interaction and not your parents, especially when it comes down to the soccer specific questions.

There are numerous questions that you can ask a college coach and I’ve decided to list 5 questions related to soccer that I think a college soccer coach should be able to answer.

1. How do you see my role in the program?

2. What fitness requirements do you have?

3. How big do you typically keep the roster?

4. What are your future goals for me and for the team?

5. Would you consider offering me an athletic scholarship?

The above questions are not yes or no questions and ideally you want to have a back and forth conversations with the coach. Don’t be afraid to have follow- up questions before you move on to the next question. The first question is a very important question and can dictate the whole meeting. If the coach answers that he sees you as a role player with limited playing time as a freshman and your expectations are that you are a starter and should play every minute then you might have a problem. Make sure that your expectations are in line with reality. Again, if you have studied the roster and educated yourself about the current players on the team, you should have a good estimation on how you fit on the team.

The coach might be very specific with some of the questions such as fitness tests and roster size. If the coach sees you as an immediate starter on the team, he/she should also probably be able to offer you some athletic scholarship. (NCAA Div 1 and 2 offers athletic scholarships) If the coach says that you will be a role player or a practice player and that you will compete for minutes then athletic scholarship might be limited.

Once you feel that you have gotten all the answers from the coach you can finish by asking the coach if there is anything else you need to do to move forward with the process. The coach typically has a lot of experience with this type of meetings and he/she will be the one to make the meeting move forward and to end on a good note.

After the Meeting

A student who takes the time to meet the coach generally comes away with a decision on how they feel about the coach and the program. This is a time to reflect over your meeting and to discuss with your parents. Either way, make sure to follow up with a thank you email to the coach after the meeting. Thank him/her for their time and if you have any more specific questions or something that you feel you missed you can ask or mention that in this email.

Lastly, remember that college coaches are just regular people too! There is no reason to be nervous. If the coach has a genuine interest in you, you will feel it.

In Pro Sports the coach typically chooses (by a draft) his players, and in college the players choose their coach. You still have the power to make the decision based on your feeling.

If you are not comfortable with the coach or don’t like his coaching style (another reason you should go watch a game) then simply follow your gut and move on!

Good Luck with the college search!

Yours in Soccer,

Andreas Lindberg

Andreas Lindberg is the site director for Future Stars at Farmingdale State College. Lindberg is also the current Head Coach for Nationally ranked LIU Post Men’s Soccer Team. Under his guidance the Pioneers won the East Coast Conference Championship in 2009 and 2012. Lindberg was chosen to the East Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 2009, 2011 and 2012.


Ralph Waldo Emerson famously stated, “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”  In my humble opinion, there is no greater truth.

As you are reading this, I want you to think back and remember your favorite teacher.  Now think about your favorite coach, or neighbor.  What do all of these people have in common?  I bet that they were all enthusiastic; they all had a zest for life and their energy inspired you.

Now think about the most successful people at your workplace.  If you are still a student, think about the students with the highest grade point average, or are the best actors, or best athletes.  Guess what they all have in common.  Yes!  You guessed it, an insatiable, interminable, supply of energy and enthusiasm.

Okay, so we have established that enthusiasm is probably the most important building block to success.  Assuming we all want to be successful, the question is then how do we become more enthusiastic?  How do we become more like that amazing third grade teacher that always greeted us with a smile and knew the answer to every question about dinosaurs?  The answer is not that simple, but here are some suggestions:

  1. Choose a career that you absolutely love.  For me, I teach and coach.  I get to interact with kids on a daily basis, and I am lucky to enough to learn from them, and I hope that they learn from me.  It is a mutually fulfilling relationship that I cherish, and for that, I am enthusiastic about my job.
  2. Spend your time around positive people.  If I have never met you, I can guess what kind of person you are by meeting your friends.  Surround yourself with good people, and the power of attraction takes root.  Surround yourself with negative people, and your whole outlook on life changes.
  3. Seek out a hobby that you are passionate about.  You may not have one right now, and it may take some trial and error to find one, but your life will change once you do.  Personally, my hobbies have changed over time.  That’s normal too.  What you were passionate about when you were twenty-five may not be appealing to you at forty-five.  What’s important is that you have something to look forward to that pushes your mental status quo outside of its comfort zone.
  4. Cherish your daily routine.  We all get bogged down in the routine of life.  Instead of looking at it as a necessary evil, change your mindset and be mindful of your chores.  Take pride in them.  Notice the smell of the detergent and the feel of the fabric as you do the laundry.  Pay attention to the smells of the lawn as you mow and trim bushes.  Noticing the small things and taking pride in them can completely change your world.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  We have all been knocked down at one point or another by a life event.  We may also feel like every day is “Groundhog Day”, and we don’t know how to break the cycle.  These are the moments, when we need to reach out.  We live and work in COMMUNITIES; entities based on communal interaction.  Ask and you shall receive.

Here at Future Stars the most glaring common characteristic of our employees is a sense of enthusiasm; a sense of I’m willing to try this and I can’t wait to try that.  We feed off of each other’s energy, and that creates a special work environment.  We are grateful that so many have entrusted us with the caretaking of their children, and hope that they have felt inspired by us, in the same way my third grade teacher did for me.

Note: In John Wooden’s ‘Pyramid of Success,’ enthusiasm, along with industriousness, serves as the foundation.