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IF YOU COACH YOUR KIDS…IN ANY SPORT…

       Have them watch a Portland Trailblazer game on TV and focus only for a time on center Robin Lopez.  This guy is the epitome of what coaches want in a player, and it’s not necessarily that he’s the best player on the floor or the highest scorer, which he isn’t.  But he never stops hustling, never stops working.  He moves at his best speed, setting picks, going for rebounds, or positioning himself on defense.  He doesn’t care what he looks like and doesn’t even mind appearing to be clumsy, which guys who are nearly 7 feet can be at times.  He is simply and totally focused on getting the job done and never, ever quits.  If he gets knocked down, he immediately jumps back up.  If he’s in the game…he’s in the game, physically and mentally.

       My point to volunteer coaches is Robin Lopez gives precisely what we want out of every player in every sport, and represents a self-contained, complete lesson in how to get it done.  Give me a team of guys who have Robin’s attitude – and I really don’t care about talent or skill level here – and we’d not only take on the world, but have a fun time doing it. 

       It was my experience coaching the Linnman boys that most young athletes have a fear of failure.  Convincing them that it’s in the trying, not the outcome, is what it’s all about. Robin Lopez proves it.

 

 

IF YOU READ NOVELS…

       Read “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter, a wonderful writer from Spokane.  (And don’t be put off by the cheesy cover – it fits this incredible story.)  You’ll thank me later.

 

 

IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING TO OUR BEES…

 

       Watch the documentary, “More Than Honey”.  (Neflix)  It’s about way more than pesticides.

 

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