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The greatest of all time, John Wooden

June 5, 2010

John Wooden, the greatest coach of all time, died last night at the age of 99.  What made this man so remarkable was the fact that individuals spoke more about Wooden as a person, than a coach who led UCLA to 10 national championship victories in a 12 year time span.  He was coined with the name, “The Wizard of Westwood”, although he looked the part of a sixth grade english teacher.  From 1971-1974 Wooden’s UCLA bruins compiled an 88 game winning streak.  Wooden taught lifelong lessons to his players, fans, and anybody that crossed his path and/or read any of his books.  Everybody always asks me, if I had to choose one person throughout history to eat a meal with.  I awoke this morning with the answer to that question, John Wooden.   Coach Wooden was known for carrying around a piece of paper with the same writing ingrained on it every single day.  “Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day.”  As you can see, this quote mentions nothing about sports, but reading in between the lines it is clear what Wooden always preached.  Everything in life starts with numero uno, yourself.  Once you have a foundation built it is time to help others do the same.  Being well read will lead to opening your mind and expanding your horizons.  This all sums up to teamwork.  John Wooden even though I never met you before, I will miss you.  You have had a positive effect on people worldwide, and your legacy will always live on.

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