June 04, 2010

Goodbye John Wooden

John Wooden was someone that I looked up to. I never had the privilege of being one of his players. I wasn't old enough or good enough to have played for him in college. Nor did I get the opportunity to attend one of this basketball camps, although I know many who did.

But I did have a number of regular encounters with Coach Wooden. When I was in junior high I used to see him almost daily. You see he used to jog past my bus stop each day. Upon occasion he would stop and talk to us. It was never for very long and I can't say that I really remember anything he said. In part it is because I didn't really appreciate just how special that was. But what stuck with me was the fact that this man who is considered to be a legend took the time to talk to a bunch of kids.

And in the years since I have read his books, watched some of his videos (such as the one below) and studied his Pyramid of Success. I appreciate them all because they are sensible and offer life lessons that can be applied at any time. Thank you Coach Wooden, you made a real difference.

6 comments:

Keith Wilcox said...

I know almost nothing of John Wooden other than his record. But, from what I've heard from people who had contact with him is that his presence was magnetic. They say he was that rare captivating person who people are honored to know. I'll have to pick up one of his books.

Minnesota Mamaleh said...

lovely tribute and thanks for sharing the clip. i love that he used to stop and chit chat. what a memory-in-the-making and a true lesson in grace & role-modelling!

The JackB said...

I think that you would really like him. His Pyramid of Success and maxims on life make an awful lot of sense.

The JackB said...

He was amazing. I wish that I would have had more time.

Twenty four at Heart said...

Such a class act!

The JackB said...

Class is a great description of who we was and how we behaved.