We read that Tom Brady’s Super Bowl jersey has been found. To our surprise it is apparently worth about $500,000. That’s a lot of money. They also found the other one that had been stolen – by the same person. Naturally, the way our minds work at Athletes for a Better World, we think of all the good that one jersey could do – how many pairs of shoes, or balls, or jerseys that could buy for children with none, or how many other ways that jersey could make the world a better place. If you had that jersey what would you do with it? Would you sell it or keep it? Would you keep the money, or give it away? Who would you give it to? The Code says, “I will give of my time, skills and money as I am able for the betterment of my community and world.”
Athletes for a Better World (ABW) and The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) have formed a partnership to annually recognize one male and one female national NIAAA scholarship winner as automatic recipients of the prestigious Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup. These two high school athletes will join one collegiate winner and a professional recipient each year as exemplary role models of the ABW Code for Living. The inaugural recipients of the high school class of 2016 are Erin Houchins and Ian Saum who will receive the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup on April 11, 2017 at the Atlanta banquet. ABW Executive Director Brad Catherman and NIAAA Executive Director Mike Blackburn celebrated this achievement with the two recipients at the Opening General Session of the National Athletic Directors Conference, conducted from December 10 through 13 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The NIAAA Student Scholarship/Essay competition recognizes distinguished high school student athletes in the attribute areas of scholastics, leadership, citizenship, participation, volunteerism and the importance of school sports participation in the student’s life. The ABW Code for Living criteria have been incorporated into the scholarship application by asking applicants to reflect upon the tenets of life lessons learned through sport and how they relate and impact their life. The ABW book entitled Winning More Than the Game challenges readers to consider the Code for Living via exercises, as a springboard for life qualities of character development.
Students from 50 state athletic administrator associations, plus the District of Columbia, were able to submit a nomination form and essay. The male and female winners were then screened by one of the eight Sections in which their state resides, creating eight male and eight female Section winners. The NIAAA Board of Directors then evaluated the finalist’s scholastic record, athletic participation accomplishments, citizenship and leadership credentials on its way to selecting one male and one female national recipient. Both recipients were on hand in Nashville to receive their national scholarship of $2500, a personal trophy, a plaque for their high school and to read their winner essay entitled How High School Athletics Have Impacted My Life. The total scholarship earned by the two national recipients was $4000.
Following are profiles of the two NIAAA and Wooden Cup high school 2016/2017recipients:
Erin Elaine Houchins – Warren East High School, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Erin’s parents are Larry Houchens and Traci Houchens. Erin graduated from Warren East High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky with a grade point average of 4.13 on a 4.0 scale. She is attending the University of Louisville studying Exercise Science/Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Physical Therapy. The Athletic Director at Warren East High School is Jonathan Vincent, CAA. Erin earned ten varsity letters in her high school career playing the sports of basketball and fast-pitch softball. She was captain of each of these teams during her junior and senior seasons. Erin was very active in her school as president of Beta Club, Class Secretary, and a member of Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In the community, Erin was a volunteer working with elementary students; she worked with veterinary services as a volunteer, donated time for a local nursing home and assisted with youth sport instruction. She participated in angel tree ministry, food drives and clean-up days, while also assisting staff in the annual book fair event.
Ian Saum – Central Cass High School, Casselton, North Dakota
Ian is the son of Paula Mehmel, and the late Steven Saum. He graduated with a grade point average of 4.0 on a scale of 4.0. Ian is attending Harvard University with a dual major in Sociology and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies. The athletic director at Central Cass High School is Travis Lemar. Ian earned 9 varsity letters participating in football, track, and baseball, while also serving as team manager for the basketball team. He was class president, student council representative, editor of the school newspaper and a Wendy’s Heisman National Finalist. Ian was involved in band, choir, speech and theatre, while participating in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and attending North Dakota Boys State. Scholastically, Ian was academic all-state, a nominee for the US Presidential Scholar from North Dakota and the recipient of numerous awards in journalism, science and fine arts. Ian’s community activities included youth sport volunteer, helping through church, nursing home and organizations for the homeless in areas that included a children’s Christmas party, fundraising, serving meals, vacation Bible school, food drives, blood drives and relay for life.
About the NIAAA: The NIAAA is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the national leadership organization for high school and middle school athletic administrators. With current individual membership of over 10,000 the NIAAA consists of athletic administrators from associations in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Internationally. The NIAAA leads in providing professional development for athletic administrators, serving as a resource and provider of safe and plentiful participation opportunities for the nation’s 7.9 million student-athletes. With conducting education-based athletic programs as the focus, NIAAA membership provides opportunity for professional development, education, certification, national award recognition and exchange of ideas with athletic administrators throughout the world.
ATLANTA (January 8, 2017) – The 13th Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, an award given to the most outstanding role models among athletes, has announced the professional, collegiate, and high school honorees for its 2017 award ceremony, to be held April 11 at Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria. Bob Ryan, the famed sportswriter for the Boston Globe and analyst for ESPN, will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Founded by Athletes for a Better World (ABW), a non-profit organization committed to changing the culture of American sports, the Wooden Cup is unique in that it is open to athletes in all collegiate and Olympic or professional sports and, for the first time this year, to high school athletes. Nominations are open to every division and conference in college sports and to athletes in public and private high schools across the country in a new partnership with the National Association of High School Athletic Administrators.
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Regan Sikes of Pierce County High School, and Jack McRae III of Grace Christian Academy were named as the recipients of the four-year scholarship of $1000 per year by legendary Coach Vince Dooley on May 7, 2016 at a lunch ceremony held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Nearly 500 student-athletes and guests attended the event which featured inspirational messages from Coach Dooley, ABW Founder/President Fred Northup, and Carror Wright of the Georgia High School Association. All guests enjoyed a self-guided tour of the Hall, compliments of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. The Scott Hudgens Foundation was once again the Presenting Sponsor for the event.
Ms. Sikes distinguished herself in and out of the classroom by achieving a 4.0 average while lettering in tennis, track, and softball, the latter pursuit earning her Player of the Year honors in Region 1AAA. Regan participates in CureSearch cancer walks, mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Special Olympics, and Sycamore Tree for those in need. She was elected Class President, is Secretary of the First Southern Bank Junior Board of Directors, and was chosen to be a delegate for the REMC Washington DC Youth Tour. Regan selected Mattie’s Mission in Waycross, Georgia as her recipient of a $500 donation from Athletes for a Better World as a part of the Dooley Scholarship. She will attend Armstrong Atlantic University.
Mr. McRae is his school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball, and also excelled at soccer, tennis, and track. This 4.0 Valedictorian extended his passion for science by completing an internship at Florida State’s Biomedical program, helping him to earn an award from the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, DC. His DAR Good Citizen Award by a faculty vote was a result of numerous clothing and food drives, as well as tutoring young students of migrant workers. Jack’s selfless charity work was again rewarded by being named as a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, Washington, DC. He has designated Friendship House of Jesus in Bainbridge, Georgia as his recipient of a $500 donation from Athletes for a Better World as a part of the Dooley Scholarship. Jack will attend the University of Georgia.
The 2016 Scholarship Finalists were:
- David Brittingham, North Cobb Christian School
- Jared Brown, Jefferson High School
- Tyler Harper, Wesleyan School
- Ian Hentenaar, Winder-Barrow High School
- Alex Herndon, Calvary Day School
- Will McCormick, First Presbyterian Day School
- Emory McKenzie, Westover High School
- Jordan McKinney, Dalton High School
- Jack McRae III, Grace Christian Academy
- Tyler Messer, Peach County High School
- Lauren Colston, Landmark Christian School
- Harley Dawson, Long County High School
- Sydney Hutto, Greenbrier High School
- Mia Lester, Warren County High School
- Calli McMullen, Georgia Military College Prep School
- Ally Parker, Stratford Academy
- Shania Reeves, Callaway High School
- Jaclyn Regnery, Etowah High School
- Sarah Roon, Archer High School
- Regan Sikes, Pierce County High School
Congratulations to all the 2016 Dooley Award recipients:
|Name of School||Name of Athlete|
|Adairsville High School||Salvador Kenneth Grimaldo, Jr.|
|Adairsville High School||Stephanie Leon Corona|
|Aquinas High School||Ashlyn Ryleigh Shields|
|Aquinas High School||Will Evans|
|Archer High School||Will Jay Bearden|
|Archer High School||Sarah Nicole Roon|
|Athens Academy||Riddhi Pragnesh Patel|
|Athens Academy||Matthew Mastandrea|
|Baconton Community Charter School||Brooks Tanner Pinson|
|Baconton Community Charter School||Carlye Grace Cranford|
|Baker County High||Keeria LeAndra Shazer|
|Blessed Trinity Catholic High School||Robby Gipson|
|Blessed Trinity Catholic High School||Annie Frances Dempsey|
|Bowdon High||Alana Nunn|
|Bowdon High||Charles Brewer|
|Bremen High School||Andrea Lasseigne|
|Callaway High School||Shania Denea Reeves|
|Callaway High School||Cortney Jacquez Laye|
|Calvary Day School||Jessica Lanier|
|Calvary Day School||Alexander Herndon|
|Cedar Grove High School||Deja Aaliyah Holmes|
|Centennial High School||Alyssa B. Beck|
|Centennial High School||Caden Herring|
|Central Carroll High School||Jake Duncan|
|Chattahoochee County High School||Julia Alexa Botello|
|Chattahoochee County High School||Joshua Lawrence Edwards|
|Cherokee High School||Bailee Nicole Gilbreath|
|Cherokee High School||Brittain Keith Brown|
|Clinch County High School||Maddie Fortner|
|Clinch County High School||Riley James|
|Coffee High School||Tess Robinson|
|Coffee High School||JcKenzie Walker|
|Coosa High School||Mary Ellen Masters|
|Coosa High School||Matthew Gary Towe|
|Dalton High School||Jordon McKinney|
|Dalton High School||Callie Smith|
|Darlington School||Robert Harbin Ledbetter III|
|Darlington School||Jade Elin Cox|
|Druid Hills High School||Richard Kwizera|
|Druid Hills High School||Morgan Lynn Rossi|
|East Jackson High School||Anneka Rachel Cozzens|
|East Jackson High School||Jacob H. Lindenmeyer|
|East Paulding||Mitchell Paul White|
|Effingham County High School||Kaitlyn Nicole Kelly|
|Effingham County High School||Jake Dangerfield|
|Etowah High School||Jaclyn Regnery|
|Etowah High School||John Wesley Summers|
|Excel Christian Academy||Tessa Joy Thornbrough|
|Excel Christian Academy||Caleb West|
|First Presbyterian Day School||Sydney Brenae Reese|
|First Presbyterian Day School||Will McCormick|
|Fitzgerald High School||Markarius Lundy|
|Forsyth Central High School||Wesley Parker Bacastow|
|Forsyth Central High School||Devyn Renee Malinzak|
|Franklin County High School||Phoenix Roberts|
|Franklin County High School||Catherine Michele Ginn|
|Gainesville High School||Sally Callahan|
|Gainesville High School||Spencer Strickland Ralston|
|George Walton Academy||Tristan Shelnutt|
|George Walton Academy||Brooks Barrineau|
|Georgia Military College Prep School||Patrick Lewis|
|Georgia Military College Prep School||Calli McMullen|
|Grace Christian Academy||Maggie Perra Harrell|
|Grace Christian Academy||Jon Mallory “Jack” McRae III|
|Greenbrier High School||Sydney Hutto|
|Greenbrier High School||Justin T. Smith|
|Grovetown High School||Kwajelin Nijae Farrar|
|Grovetown High School||Benjamin Jean|
|Haralson County High School||Dalton Wade Aldridge|
|Haralson County High School||Kaycee Mae McElroy|
|Harrison High School||Mikenzie Vaughn|
|Harrison High School||Austin Joseph York|
|Heard County High School||Johanna Rochelle Beyer|
|Heard County High School||Austin Barron|
|Howard High School||Jake Thornton|
|Irwin County High School||Taylor Allen Green|
|Irwin County High School||Cyrus Vincent Johnson|
|Jefferson County High School||Beau Alston Merritt|
|Jefferson County High School||Kaitlyn Wren Goodwin|
|Jefferson High School||Emily Jeanne Dufty|
|Jefferson High School||Jared Michael Brown|
|King’s Ridge Christian School||Alexandra Stampfl|
|Lake Oconee Academy||Stephanie Cervantes|
|Lake Oconee Academy||Robert Hatfield|
|Landmark Christian School||Lauren Emily Colston|
|Landmark Christian School||Stockton James McGuire|
|Lee County High School||Cole Maxwell|
|Lee County High School||Rachael Nagy|
|Long County High School||Harley Elizabeth Dawson|
|Long County High School||Brendon Scott|
|Lucy C. Laney High School||Danye Milak Washington|
|Marion County High School||Lorenzo Ramon Smothers|
|Marion County High School||Lavonia Marie Dixon|
|Marist School||Matt Haertel|
|Marist School||Katherine Ann Connolly|
|Mary Persons High School||Will Bazemore|
|Mill Creek High School||Gavin Childers|
|Montgomery County High School||Bakari Woords|
|Montgomery County High School||Kailey Eudy|
|Mount Vernon Presbyterian School||Autumn Marie Burnette|
|Mount Vernon Presbyterian School||Benjamin Alan Martin|
|Mount Zion High School||Savannah Stephens|
|Mount Zion High School||Daniel Mozell Anderson III|
|Mount Zion, Jonesboro||Tyeisha Quentavia Juhan|
|Mount Zion, Jonesboro||Timotheus J. Slade|
|North Cobb Christian School||Moriah Kassi Hidden|
|North Cobb Christian School||David W. Brittingham|
|North Oconee High School||Haley Grable|
|North Oconee High School||Connor R. Krieger|
|North Paulding High School||Morgan Mixon|
|North Paulding High School||Kyle Banks|
|Oconee County High School||Rexx A. Hallyburton|
|Oconee County High School||Leah Elizabeth Mai Le|
|Old Suwanee Christian School||Eric Dean Osuch|
|Peach County High School||Rachel Burns|
|Peach County High School||Tyler Messer|
|Pierce County High School||Regan A. Sikes|
|Pierce County High School||Brit Williamson|
|Randolph-Clay High School||Joshton Millsap|
|Randolph-Clay High School||Niesha Starling|
|River Ridge High School||Leonor Patricia Nickell|
|River Ridge High School||Dylan Schoknecht|
|Salem High School||Nicholas J. West|
|Salem High School||Leilani Makini Smith|
|Screven County High School||Rebekah Alease Woods|
|Sequoyah High School||Mitchell Edward Peters|
|Sequoyah High School||Lauren Patricia Hartman|
|South Atlanta High School||Natasha Marie Barrow|
|South Forsyth High School||Ronnie Chambliss|
|South Forsyth High School||Sofia I. Tapia|
|South Paulding High School||Macie Ann LaFavor|
|South Paulding High School||James Story|
|Sprayberry High School||Areale Frazier|
|Spraybery High School||Graham Martin Coleburn|
|St. Vincent’s Academy||Sara Kathryn Boyles|
|Stewart County High School||Aaron Bradley|
|Stone Mountain High School||Jamila Dickerson|
|Stratford Academy||Allyn Elizabeth Parker|
|Tallulah Falls School||Kaitlyn Marie Crosby|
|Tallulah Falls School||Cody Thomas|
|Tattnall County High School||Blake Anthony Durrence|
|Tattnall County High School||Callie Elizabeth Thompson|
|The Academy of Richmond County||MaKayla Cierra Tanksley|
|Tift County High School||Adam Spurlin|
|Troup County High School||Elijah P. Patrick|
|Troup County High School||Amber Faye Arnold|
|Twiggs County High||Tyler Jordan Little|
|Veterans High School||Aaron Joshua Todd|
|W.D. Mohammed High School||Zafir I. Abdus-Salaam|
|The Walker School||Quincy L. Wiles|
|The Walker School||John Barrett Kulik|
|Warren County High School||Mia Tyneshis Lester|
|Wesleyan School||Anna McCamy Brown|
|Wesleyan School||Tyler Logan Harper|
|West Forsyth High School||Jenna Staiti|
|West Forsyth High School||Troy Crawford|
|West Laurens High School||Allison Raye Souza|
|Westover High School||Emory Isaac McKenzie|
|Whitefield Academy||Sunni Dupree|
|Whitefield Academy||Kerry Robert Martin|
|Winder-Barrow High School||Moriah Elise Gibson|
|Winder-Barrow High School||Ian Thomas Hentenaar|
Vince Dooley was born in Mobile, Alabama. He accepted a football scholarship to Auburn where he was an all-star in football and basketball and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s in History. After service in the Marine Corps and as an assistant coach at Auburn, at the age of 31 he was named the head coach of Georgia. For over 50 years, he has had an enduring impact on the University of Georgia, the Southeastern Conference, and collegiate athletics across the country. He served as head football coach from 1963 to 1989, and as the Director of Athletics from 1979-2004. His 25 years as head football coach earned him the distinction as the most successful coach in Georgia history: a record of 201-77-10, one national championship (1980), six SEC Championships, and he took his teams to 20 Bowl games.
Dooley is the only person ever to hold the presidency of both the American Football Coaches Association and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and the only person inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in two states, Georgia and Alabama. He has been the recipient of countless awards, including the highest national awards in coaching and in athletic administration including the Bear Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award, the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, the Duffy Daugherty Memorial Award, the James J. Corbett Memorial Award, the John L. Toner Award, and the Homer Rice Award. He was twice named NCAA National Coach of the Year, SEC Coach of the Year seven times, and NCAA District Coach of the Year six times. His football legacy was completed with his election to the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1994.
As athletic director, his Georgia teams won 23 national championships, 78 SEC team championships and numerous individual national titles in both men’s and women’s sports. His contributions to UGA were recognized in 2008 with the dedication of the Vince Dooley Athletic Complex with a special statue and garden.
As part of the University’s Third Century Campaign, he initiated the Vincent J. Dooley Library Endowment Fund with a personal gift of $100,000. His community service and charity work are extensive and include work with the Heart Fund, Multiple Sclerosis, Juvenile Diabetes, Boy Scouts, the homeless, and he is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He chaired a successful million dollar fund raising campaign for new Salvation Army facilities in Athens. He served 28 years as the long-standing chairman of the Georgia Easter Seals Society, was named National Volunteer of the Year, and a new Easter Seals facility in Atlanta was built and named for him. He and his wife, Barbara, co-chaired a fund-raising campaign to establish a Catholic high school in the Athens area. Dooley, who was instrumental in the University’s campus being designated as an arboretum, was presented with the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s 2001 Individual Achievement Award, and in the Horticulture Department an endowed professorship was established in his name.
For many years, he has also done hundreds of speaking engagements and appearances for numerous, worthwhile charitable causes. In the spring of 2016 he became Chair of The Georgia Historical Society (Savannah) and serves on the board of the National Civil War Preservation Trust and is chair of its Education Committee.
For the last seven years Dooley has spent a week each year in a foreign country doing service work. As a member of the Order of Malta, he went to Lourdes, France, accompanying the sick for healing, and for the past four years has worked in an impoverished village in Honduras.
Dooley is married to the former Barbara Meshad of Birmingham. They have four children: Deanna Dooley, Daniel (married to Suzanne Maher), Denise (Mrs. Jay Douglas Mitchell), and Derek (married to Allison Jeffers). They also have eleven grandchildren.
Professional Recipient Vince Dooley, and five collegiate finalists for the Wooden Cup were introduced at the 12th annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup awards banquet at the Cobb Energy Centre on April 27, 2016. Watch their videos and meet each of these outstanding individuals and learn the incredible ways in which they made a difference in the lives of others.
ATLANTA (April 28, 2016) – Vince Dooley, the University of Georgia’s former football coach and athletic director, and Luke Romick of Denison University each received the 12th Annual Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup at Atlanta’s Cobb Energy Center Wednesday night. The Cup, in the words of Athletes for a Better World’s founder, Fred Northup, is “not for the best athlete, or the best student, but for the best person in the world of sports.” Previous recipients, including Jack Nicklaus, Mia Hamm, Cal Ripken, Peyton Manning, Pat Summitt and others, have made the Cup one of the most prestigious awards in sports, given its emphasis on character and its openness to athletes in all sports.
John Wooden, who won ten national championships during the years 1964-1975 as basketball coach at UCLA, is commonly regarded as the greatest college coach of any sport who ever lived. Universally regarded as one of the finest human beings to ever grace the world of sports, his character, conduct and selfless gifts stand at the highest level by any standard. When Coach Wooden learned about Athletes for a Better World, he gave authorization to attach his name to this annual award, and he attended and addressed the inaugural event in Los Angeles in 2005. In his honor, the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is presented to two distinguished athletes, one collegiate and one professional or Olympic, for their character and leadership both on and off the field and for their contributions to sport and society.
Luke Romick is a two-sport athlete at Denison University, playing on both football and track teams. Off the field he serves as the president of both the Denison Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the president of the North Coast Conference’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee, where he has shown great leadership in facing a variety of campus and community issues. Participating in numerous community service projects, Romick spent the summer after his freshman year as an intern in the Los Angeles-based Thirst Project, a nonprofit organization that educates and activates students to address the global water crisis. Fueled by that experience, Romick went on to begin a Thirst Project organization at Denison and spent the next two summers at Thirst Project headquarters in Los Angeles, playing a major role in raising over one million dollars during that period.
Vincent J. Dooley became the head football coach at the University of Georgia in 1964 at the age of 31. During Dooley’s twenty-five year tenure as head football coach, the Bulldogs won the 1980 national championship title, won six SEC championships, won 201 games, and played in 20 bowl games. He led the Bulldogs until 1988 and is among the “winningest” coaches in the history of college football. In addition to excellence on the field, Dooley encouraged academic excellence in his players. Under his leadership more than 100 student-athletes received academic awards and post-graduate scholarships. Dooley served as the University of Georgia’s athletic director from 1979 to 2003.
Not surprisingly, Dooley has received multiple accolades for his accomplishments in collegiate athletics. He has been a member of the College Football Hall of Fame since 1994, received the NCAA National Coach of the Year award twice, and was named the “Georgian of the Year” by Georgia Association of Broadcasters. He received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award, presented by the American Football Coaches Association, in 2001. He was an analyst on ESPN college football telecasts and served as president of the American Football Coaches Association.
Dooley’s accomplishments are not limited to the world of sports. Among Dooley’s many philanthropic interests, he served over 25 years as chairman of the Georgia Easter Seals, earning the title of National Volunteer of the Year, and has been involved with the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts of America, and numerous other charitable organizations. In 2011 Dooley was named a Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society, which recognizes those whose accomplishments and community service reflect the ideals of the founding body of Trustees. With a master’s degree in history, he is a Civil War expert and a member of the Civil War Round Table. Additionally, he is a renowned horticulturist and has published several books on plants and gardens.
Bob Ryan, the famed sportswriter for the Boston Globe and analyst for ESPN, served as the Master of Ceremonies.
The other finalists for the Collegiate Wooden Cup recipient were:
- Bonnie Brandon, Swimming, University of Arizona
- Malcolm Brogdon, Basketball, The University of Virginia
- Ty Darlington, Football, University of Oklahoma
- Alexa Hone, Soccer, University of South Carolina, Upstate
About Athletes for a Better World:
Founded in 1998, Athletes for a Better World (ABW) exists to change the culture of sport by developing individual character, teamwork, and civic responsibility through commitment to the Code for Living. ABW’s vision is to have the Code become a part of every sport at every level, so that it becomes the common language and standard expectation of behavior for everyone. ABW provides free support and resources to coaches and athletes across the country who want to teach and live out these values. “The Code for Living” can be found on playing fields, locker rooms and athletic facilities across the country. Currently, ABW players and coaches are represented in every state and several foreign countries.
The Pittsburgh Panthers men’s basketball team dropped their first round in the NCAA tournament and packed to go home. But, when their band learned that Weber State’s band had been unable to make the 1000 mile trip to St. Louis, they volunteered to stick around and play for them. They had just enough time to learn the fight song, put on some Weber State colors, and play through the game late into the night! Nothing represents school spirit more than the sounds of the band, and Pitt’s band provided a great display of character and sportsmanship that was not lost on any in attendance. Invite your team members to share some signs of “winning more than the game” that they have seen in the past week or two, and to watch for more this week. Remind them that these are the values that are important to you!