Dedication and Opportunity: The Moyer Foundation

To play professional baseball in four separate decades, along with talent, one must have dedication and an opportunity.  Those two words–dedication and opportunity–seem to be at the cornerstone of Colorado Rockies 49-year-old-pitcher Jamie Moyer’s success. After taking the mound on April 7 for the first time in the 2012 season, when Moyer pitches his first win for the Rockies, he will become the oldest pitcher … Continue reading Dedication and Opportunity: The Moyer Foundation

Guest Post: Mercy Project

Chris Field is the founder and executive director of the non-profit organization Mercy Project. His claim to fame is that his first varsity hit was a three run homerun. Unfortunately, that was his only hit of the entire season (he finished 1 for 26 with a .038 BA). You can find him on Facebook and Twitter under mercyproject. ****** This site has successfully established a … Continue reading Guest Post: Mercy Project

From Wells We Didn’t Dig: John Wooten and the Fritz Pollard Alliance

In 1920, Frederick Douglass “Fritz” Pollard became one of the first two African-American players in the football league which would become the NFL.  One year later, in 1921, Pollard became the first African-American head coach in NFL history. By 1933, however, no African-American players remained in the league.  The eradication of African-American players from the league is attributed to numerous factors, including the overt racism … Continue reading From Wells We Didn’t Dig: John Wooten and the Fritz Pollard Alliance

Trailblazer: The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund

For the last 38 years, a prominent feature on the sideline of University of Tennessee women’s basketball games has been a woman who coached her teams to win basketball games by championing hard work, ethics, respect and responsibility. During the 1974-75 season, a 22 year-old Pat Summitt was named the head coach of the Lady Vols basketball team.  This was in an age when the … Continue reading Trailblazer: The Pat Summitt Foundation Fund

A Coach’s Community Cause: Pete Carroll and A Better LA

The innocence of childhood is arguably defined by the time spent walking to and from school.  Backpacks strapped on their backs and dreams of their future held in their mind’s eye, children attend school to better their lives and empower themselves. But what about those children who fear for their safety while traversing the path to and from school? For some Los Angeles students, the … Continue reading A Coach’s Community Cause: Pete Carroll and A Better LA

His Best Foot Forward: Olympic Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson’s Legacy

In 1945, a young man’s family moved from the segregated farming town of Hillsboro, Texas to a land of new opportunities found in central California. In the central California town of Kingsburg, a principal at Roosevelt Elementary School handed students a two-inch by three-inch paper called the “Roosevelt R,” which was meant to remind them to be the best they could be wherever they went in the … Continue reading His Best Foot Forward: Olympic Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson’s Legacy

San Diego Padres Pitcher Luke Gregerson’s Strikes for Foster Care Youth Event

The first steps from adolescence to adulthood are challenging for most. With adulthood comes new struggles:  Earning enough income to support daily necessities, balancing a budget for the first time, finding furnishings for a new apartment, and maintaining balance upon being granted a significant amount of freedom. Most young adults stumble a bit as they begin their journeys down adulthood’s path.  For most of these … Continue reading San Diego Padres Pitcher Luke Gregerson’s Strikes for Foster Care Youth Event

Championing a Promise: We Will Never Forget

At 10:29 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001–the minute after the final of four planes which crashed that day fell into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania–Americans made a pledge to those who perished: To never forget. Actions by wicked terrorists tore the beacon of our country’s financial success–the Twin Towers–down.  Terrible men used their callous efforts to smash into the symbol of our country’s defense against its … Continue reading Championing a Promise: We Will Never Forget

Representing the Majority: Promotion of Integrity by the PAC-12’s Arizona Wildcats and Washington State Cougars

If you follow college sports, over the past week, you’ve arguably had your fill of stories involving integrity in the NCAA. On August 9 and 10, 2011, NCAA President Marc Emmert called collegiate presidents and NCAA leaders to Indianapolis to specifically discuss methods by which the association can fortify integrity. Less than one week after Emmert’s summit on integrity concluded in Indianapolis, a jailhouse confession … Continue reading Representing the Majority: Promotion of Integrity by the PAC-12’s Arizona Wildcats and Washington State Cougars

Defining Integrity in the NCAA: A Young Man and His City

There was a tree in Auburn. In fact, two stately oak trees stood the test of time for 130 years at the corner of College Street and Magnolia Avenue–better known to Auburn University Tigers fans as “Toomer’s Corner.”  For generations, the trees, often decorated with steamers of toilet paper strung by jubilant fans after a Tigers’ victory, stood as a beacon of Auburn fans’ pride … Continue reading Defining Integrity in the NCAA: A Young Man and His City