Posted by: David D. Daggett | December 14, 2009

It all Counts

It all Counts

      This past Saturday morning I was privileged to participate in the kickoff brunch for the 35th Annual Frank Spencer Holiday Basketball Tournament featuring 12 local high school teams. There were more than 200 high school players, coaches, principals, administrators, and senior school system officials in attendance.

Coach Buzz Peterson

I presented a talk with visual accents to encourage, challenge and support the student athletes. I was privileged to be presenting with Coach Buzz Peterson, the head basketball coach at Appalachian State University. It was the first time I have met Coach Peterson in person. He is a very nice, likable, and genuine guy.

Coach Peterson is probably best well known as being the college roommate of Michael Jordan. In fact, as a senior in high school, Coach Peterson beat Michael Jordan out for player of the year in North Carolina. Together, they went on to play for the University of North Carolina and won the national championship in 1982.

Coach Peterson has quite a career, including coaching at a high level in the college ranks and work in the NBA. He used his background and experience to give a short motivational talk. My interpretation of his talk is that everything we do counts. His words seem appropriate for families, organizations, businesses, as well as the basketball players and teams in attendance.

Coach Peterson began by emphasizing academics. He discussed how academics and your mind are fully interwoven into the physical aspects of all our pursuits. He described for the young optimistic group of athletes how academics is the foundation that will carry them through life.

Next, he emphasized the importance of toughness. This is the perseverance and resiliency that gets us through life. He said in evaluating toughness of athletes he looks for how they play defense. He said it is easy to find players who have a strong desire to want to score, however, in reality evaluating the players who are going to be good he gauges those who work hard on defense, rebounding, and teamwork.

Lastly, Coach Peterson emphasized that we all need to avoid becoming complacent. Life is a continuing challenge, and we have to continue to work hard to meet the challenges both present and future.

It was a great privilege to present with Coach Peterson. It is fun to be with such an accomplished man who at the same time is nice, considerate of others, and is willing to contribute time to young people in our community.

It all counts,


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