A man is accepted into a church for what he believes and he is turned out for what he knows.
I love sports.
I have been involved in organized athletics my entire life in virtually every capacity imaginable—as a player, a youth league coach, as a fan, and as a youth and college administrator. I believe very strongly that participation in athletics can teach valuable life lessons in ethics, discipline, and teamwork. There is no question in my mind that athletics can contribute in vibrant and meaningful ways to the missions of our nation's educational institutions. Sports also offer a way to connect with others. I know these things to be true; from playing sandlot games as a youngster, to providing me with a clear identity during those insecure adolescent high school years, to getting the opportunity to attend college on scholarship, to earning a living playing professionally, to seeing its effect on children from the viewpoint of a youth sports program director, I have witnessed the positive impact of sports.
I believe very strongly in the power and potential of athletics to mold people and change lives. It did mine. It is this belief in athletics' potential as an educational tool that drove me to choose athletic