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Coaches do it with a passion!
By Greg Shepard
Published: Winter 1999

Every coach and athlete featured in this journal has a remarkable passion for excellence. There will always be different styles and methods but nothing will ever replace the importance of passion. Give me a person with a passion for his job or sport over talent or brains anytime. The articles in this BFS journal are particularly inspiring. Read them, ponder their significance and create an even greater passion for what you do.


“When you face adversity, you can be led to ask many questions. Some serve a useful purpose; others do not. To ask, ‘Why does this have to happen to me? Why do I have to suffer this now? What have I done to cause this?' Will lead you into blind alleys.
Rather, ask yourself, what am I to do? What am I to learn from this experience? What am I to change? Whom am I to help. How can I remember my many blessings in times of trial?”

Pee Wee’s An Eleven

Pee Wee Reese died last August. He was a teammate of the great Jackie Robinson, the first black to play major league baseball. Jackie was dealt a lot of abuse. Pee Wee became his friend when other teammates would not. Jackie said, “I don't know if I would have made it without Reese.” Pee Wee Reese replied, “He was my Dodger teammate and any teammate of mine deserved all I had, no matter what his color.”

PRIORITIES (From a sign in the University of Missouri weight room)

“If you don't feel like working hard
in the weight room and school. If you
don't feel like putting your all into winning,
memorize the following 6 words:”
“Do You Want Fries With That?”


A poor Scottish farmer was out walking one day when he heard a plaintive cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He ran to assist and found a boy mired almost to the waist in the black muck. Extending his walking stick, the farmer pulled the boy out.
The next day, an elegantly dressed man came to the farmer's small hut, offering a reward that the Scotsman refused.
Just then the farmer's young son came to the door. Seeing him, the nobleman made the Scotsman an offer: “Let me take your son and give him a good education. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll grow into a man you can be proud of.”
The Scotsman liked this and shook hands on the bargain.
In time, the boy graduated from St. Mary's Hospital medical School, London. He later became Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin. Years later the noble man's son was stricken with pneumonia, but was saved through the use of penicillin. The noble man was Lord Randolph Churchill, and the son was Winston Churchill.


“If you want something you have never had before,
You must be willing to do something you have never done before.”
Tag and Bob Bozied

Greg Shepard

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