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Like Tweet Pin +1 in SportsLeader would like to introduce our newest member of our Board of Advisors, Matt Birk. Matt is a former NFL football player drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft, and later played for the Baltimore Ravens. He played college football at... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in SportsLeader Co-Founder Paul Passafiume recently spoke at the International Study Seminar on the topic: "Coaches: Educators of People," organized by the "Church and Sport" Office of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, taking place in Rome, Italy May 14-15... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in An outstanding message from Pope Francis worth sharing with all your coaches, athletes and parents. Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd SportsLeader Pope Francis: Discourse to Italian Tennis Federation “The Church is interested in sport because man is at her heart, the whole man... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "I don't know you but you are doing a great job!" Sign at the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon-Sunday, May 3rd SportsLeader believes whole-heartedly that affirmation is a MUST for any person, any organization, any team. We, as human beings, thrive on being accepted... Read more
This week alone we learned of two more College-Pro football players who are making some really horrible choices. Pretty much every day we hear about drug abuse - read ADDICTION - and domestic violence - read BEATING UP FAMILY MEMBERS … by athletes. These two plagues of society and sports in... Read more
HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel did a recent show about collegiate athletics. It was a little disturbing to say the least. One of the segments was about the abuse college athletes receive from their coaches. The findings are also applicable for the HS and youth levels. Click on image to watch... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Giving up is conceding that things will never get better, and that is just not true. Ups and downs are a constant in life, and I've been belted into that roller coaster a thousand times. Aimee Mullins CLICK ON IMAGE: to view short video of Tom Ryan(2015 NCAA Coach of the... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "People who have never had an addiction don't understand how hard it can be." Payne Stewart CLICK ON IMAGE: to view the story of Marin Riggs and her battle against drug addiction: A MUST WATCH for all parents, coaches and educators! ***Fatal drug overdoses remain... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in People say to me all the time, 'You have no fear.' I tell them, 'No, that's not true. I'm scared all the time. You have to have fear in order to have courage. I'm a courageous person because I'm a scared person.' Ronda Rousey It's March... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I've ever thought I'd have." Ernie Banks CLICK ON IMAGE: to view video of Head Football Coach Urban Meyer talking about OSU Buckeye Brotherhood and its impact after winning the 2015... Read more
If you missed our virtue of the week this past weekend on CLASS - The strength to control one’s feelings seeking the good of others especially after victory and defeat, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE SportsLeader encourages all of our teams to incorporate service projects into their schedule. Here... Read more
It is often encouraging to read the stories, experiences and feedback from others. Here are a few who have experienced SportsLeader from all over the Country. Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd SportsLeader Morehead State University Morehead, KY As I enter my third season as the Head Football Coach at... Read more
This is the time to pour the foundation for your season. Forging your staff and players with a vision, a heart, a unity that will help form your goals and give you the strength to persevere is a must. There are so many young men on college football teams right now who apparently are "All In... Read more
Two simple secrets of excellent coaching and teaching are as follows: 1. Start with the end in mind (Aristotle) 2. Virtue Reflect on what you would like your players, your students to become ... the ultimate lessons learned ... the real takeaway from their time with you ... And then develop a plan... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in This past weekend I was blessed to lead a retreat with the Franciscan University of Steubenville men’s lacrosse team. During one of the activities, one of the Freshmen players shared that he had played high school lacrosse for 3 years bot not his Senior season. He chose... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Bishop Thomas Paprocki is the head of the diocese of Springfield, IL. An athlete at heart he has run numerous marathons and is an accomplished hockey goalie. He is also a coach. He coaches the goalies for the Sacred Heart-Griffin High School hockey team in Springfield. He is... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "Loyalty and friendship, which is to me the same, created all the wealth that I've ever thought I'd have." Ernie Banks CLICK ON IMAGE: to view video of Head Football Coach Urban Meyer talking about OSU Buckeye Brotherhood and its impact after winning the 2015... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice - no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service. John Burroughs We live in a world of instant gratification; push the button and get your prize... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility." Eleanor Roosevelt This past August a tragedy struck the community of Maple City Glen Lake in Northwest... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion." Mia Hamm CLICK ON IMAGE: to view classic "discussion" between Gary & Julius on leadership and teamwork... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Coaches, SportsLeader is organizing a special evening for you to honor your spouse in Cincinnati OH on Saturday February 14th at The Original Montgomery Inn. If you are interested in this event please RSVP by Monday February 2nd. Simply respond to this email with your name and... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. Alexander the Great Being a teacher is HARD WORK! Taking young people and moving them in wisdom and knowledge, much less in character, compassion, etc...on a daily basis, ESPECIALLY when those very values... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in The National Championship for College Football is this coming Monday January 12th between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Oregon Ducks. There are so many interesting and inspiring coaches and players on both teams. Regardless of who you might be routing for (or against) it is... Read more
I hope all of you are off to a great start in this new year. A new year brings new hope. Some of you have just finished your season, some are in the middle, some are about to start … so the timing of this email is different for all of you but … At some point in your year, the off-... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in The SportsLeader Jersey Ceremony is one of the most memorable events you can have with your team. I have been blessed to be a part of over 100 of these special affirmation ceremonies all over the country. Every sport, every age … and now Division 1 College Football at... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Coaches, SportsLeader is organizing a special evening for you to honor your spouse in Cincinnati on Saturday February 14th. More details to come but I wanted to get something out to you so you could plan. ▪ 6 PM - 10 PM approximately ▪ Cost will basically be what food you order... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in HAPPY THANKSGIVING! For some of you, your season has ended. In the midst of that championship joy or season-ending disappointment there is much to be THANKFUL for. I wanted to share a few things that I thought were well worth your time, consideration and reflection on this... Read more
I've been blessed to have quite a few outstanding mentors in my life. All of the best ones had two things in common: 1. I knew they genuinely cared about me. 2. They were great listeners. Many coaches have asked me with regard to mentoring, "What do I say? What do I talk about?" The... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind." Johannes Brahms How many of you would raise your hand if I asked, who wants to be average? Who wants to be an average coach? Or an average teacher? Or an average PARENT? Not many, I would venture... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in In football, the result is an impostor. You can do things really, really well but not win. There's something greater than the result, more lasting - a legacy. Xavi CLICK ON IMAGE: to view the #4 ranked inspirational video of 2014 It can be discouraging for so many athletes... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one of two things: either love, or a call for love. Marianne Williamson-Activist, Author, Lecturer I hear so many teachers and coaches bemoan their circumstances. There are not enough resources, there is not enough... Read more
SportsLeader is happy to announce our virtue by email program. Our hope is that this will make it even easier to deliver constant and structured content to your coaches and athletes in a simple and seamless format. Frequently Asked Questions SportsLeader Virtue Email Version Who is this for? The... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character." Horace Greeley Our society is being fed the values of fame, popularity and wealth in ever-growing proportions. One of the reasons for this is that we, as... Read more
Almost one year ago I lost one of my best friends and one of the best coaches we have ever had in our SportsLeader family, Trent Todd . Trent was a football coach in the Cincinnati area and to put it simply, was a very, very loving man. Click on image to watch video. He did a series of videos for... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life - all areas of life. The really good news is that anyone can develop both honesty and integrity. Zig Ziglar Most of the time, I assume the majority of people I work with and deal with on a daily basis are... Read more
Video clips are an excellent way to teach virtue without you having to say anything. At times our players-students-kids get too accustomed to hearing us. Click on the image to watch a short yet powerful lesson on honesty. Bobby Jones was not only a consummately skilled golfer but exemplified the... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential. John C. Maxwell Coaches are notorious for complaining about their... Read more
Recently we have been bombarded with negative news about sports folks behaving badly. Here are some stories of some professionals worth learning about. Mark Chipman, Executive Chairman of the NHL Winnipeg Jets, recently helped SportsLeader organize a leadership seminar in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." George Washington SportsLeader knows that all of us in the pit of our stomach... Read more
This video should be required viewing by everyone who has a license or is going to get one. Please show this to your students via any means that you have ... Click on the image to watch. Keeping our eyes on the road is important. Staying focused on what we truly wanted to achieve as coaches this... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in The last of human freedoms - the ability to chose one's attitude in a given set of circumstances. Viktor E. Frankl Across this great country coaches have been preparing their teams tirelessly for championship seasons. They have put in hundreds and hundreds of hours planning... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Sometimes the little things last the longest. I found the below video very inspiring and thought-provoking and I hope it does the same for you. Click on the image to watch - it's only a minute long. We could put ourselves in the position of the Dad and/or the daughter. Like... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Has having meaningful conversation with another person become a lost art? Do we know HOW to ask a genuine question? Do we know HOW to listen? Do we take the time to REFLECT on what we hear before we tell people what we want to say? Heck, do we even take the time to have... Read more
I'm blessed to travel and meet some amazing people across the USA and Canada. Recently those blessings brought me another opportunity to see God’s hand at work right in front of me. I'd like to share a bit of a travel-journal if you will which I hope will inspire you in some way. For... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in "I don't care how great, how famous or successful a man or woman may be, each hungers for applause." George M. Adams As coaches, we all work for the W's. It's the nature of the game, as well as in our own natures as human beings. We all want to succeed. We... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in By Jim Caviezel Actor Jim Caviezel plays the role of high school football Coach Bob Ladouceur in the new movie, When the Game Stands Tall . What do shoes and socks have to do with how I do life? My father played basketball under the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, who became... Read more
Coach, have you ever wanted to feel like your leaders had your back? That they understood and valued all the sacrifices you put in, the effort to transform lives and that you were not in it just to win games? Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, IL did just that for the... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in In far too many circumstances these days, the majority speaks only of how NOTHING can be done to right the wrong. The problem is TOO BIG and we are far too small: "Nothing is going to help them!" "How am I going to save that person who is so messed up....It's... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in I shared the below video back in March but it is worth watching again. Click on the image. I was blessed to witness something recently that was truly life-changing. I was with a team of young men on the sideline for a game and suddenly a young man in a wheelchair joined us. His... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in At the beginning of any new undertaking, spirits are high, expectations are higher and life is grand! Whether it be the start of a new sports season, a new school year, a new job, or even a new life as a newly married couple, the high can be exhilarating! But as some many of us... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in This video really moved me. Click on the image to watch it. And I think it would be amazing to show your Dads before a Father-Daughter Jersey Ceremony. Sometimes in our lives we make little effort to communicate with those we love, or those we coach, or those we teach, or our... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in SportsLeader encourages you to take your team to see the movie When the Game Stands Tall A great resource to help you follow up from the movie is our Strength for Life Manual. The Manual is designed for Coaches who would like to program their season around a weekly virtue theme... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Story: At a fundraising dinner for a worthy cause many speakers got up and spoke about the tragedy of starvation and poverty in the world. All were sincere efforts to bring to light the worthiness of the specific cause all the speakers were appealing to the audience to support... Read more
One of the greatest blessings a young person can have is a strong, united and loving family. It is something most if not all of us long for. A family who loves us, supports us, listens to us, shares their thoughts, feelings and experiences with us. This truly is a priceless treasure. One of the... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in How's the leadership on YOUR team? More and more of the coaches we are working with at SportsLeader are lamenting their lack of leadership on their teams. The coaches complain, "Where are the leaders?" "Why don't my kids want to lead?" As most of you... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in At SportsLeader we have talked to hundreds of coaches about their teams, their ups, their downs, etc... In so many of those talks, many coaches relate how they struggle more and more each year and how today's kids are "different". Here is a "Top Ten"... Read more
I recently made my first trip to Austin, Texas for SportsLeader. I visited with St Stephen’s football team for a Leadership & Team Building Seminar. It was a great experience from beginning to end. In this video here below Senior Captains Grant Owens and Taylor Brown share what they... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in To Stand Tall: to be brave and proud. Coaches, Parents, Teachers, Leaders are constantly preaching to their teams to STAND TALL! Life is Hard.....STAND TALL! Life isn't always Fair....STAND TALL! Life Happens.....STAND TALL! So it only makes sense that the newest sports... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in As coaches, sometimes what we are teaching our players does not seem to be “sinking in”. We do not always get to see the fruit of our labors. Then there are times when we do. Here below is an example of this. One of SportsLeader’s founders, Paul Passafiume, is... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Anybody working with young people knows (or should know!) that most will screw up at some time, making mistakes and doing things without thinking. Many times, us adults, never discover these mistakes.( Much to our young adults relief!) However, often we do "find out... Read more
SportsLeader and Mount St. Mary's of the West Seminary in Cincinnati, OH co-sponsored we believe the first ever Rosary Rally July 31st for all of the area Catholic football teams. If you would like to see the Catholic Telegraph photo gallery click HERE Here below is a press release and some... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” Mahatma Gandhi We ALL suffer from the tendency to... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Jesus teaching the crowds. CLICK on image for the 10 Traits of a Great Teacher! Recently, I read a short but interesting article on the emerging crisis of teachers leaving the teaching profession in record numbers. It disturbed me for a number of reasons, maybe most because we... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Click HERE to watch an inspiring 1 minute video on this awesome story. There are so many virtues that come to mind … Caring, Charity, Courage, Humility, Sacrifice, Other-Centered, Magnanimous Thank you Bridgewater Badgers! I admire you. Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd... Read more
SportsLeader has been serving since 2004. Little by little we have been growing all over the country. We have been blessed to work with Universities, Schools, Leagues, Teams … from the largest to the smallest. One coach that I have gotten to know over the years is Josh Niblett, the head... Read more
At SportsLeader we are constantly searching for ways to support coaches better. Recently, we've provided something for several of our coaches that has really helped them and their teams. It's called the 15 Words of Affirmation. One SportsLeader Assistant Coach of the Week: Bill Dawson at... Read more
One of the many things we offer at SportsLeader are Leadership Seminars, which build team unity and strengthen communication skills. Dan Enos, Head Football Coach at Central Michigan University, brought us in to help his team this off-season. In this 2 minute video he shares his team's... Read more
On June 9th, Dwight Stephenson assumed his role as president at SportsLeader. “I’m excited to be a part of SportsLeader and to have the opportunity to support coaches in training their athletes to be men and women of virtue.” said Mr. Stephenson. SportsLeader, founded by Joe... Read more
I received this article from one of the coaches in our SportsLeader association, Troy Weidman from South Lyon, MI. Troy and his family were so generous that they hosted me for an evening during one of my leadership seminar travels. Below is an excellent article that sheds some more light on the... Read more
One of the virtue themes in our Strength for Life Manual is SELF-LESS . The strength to always serve others before yourself. __ Being on a team where everyone is truly self-less is an absolute gift and pleasure. I was blessed to be able to study in Rome, Italy for five years. During that time, one... Read more
On July 4th, 1776, a small group of radical American patriots decided to get serious about what they believed was right. Throwing caution to the wind, they decided to declare independence from Britain, risking their very lives for what was right. Today, we celebrate those amazing radical American... Read more
Click here for an awesome 1 minute video celebration of fatherhood Our SportsLeader team was treated to a tour of the seminary in the city of Cincinnati recently by Father Anthony Brausch. Father Anthony is extremely knowledgeable about so many different things so it was a fascinating experience... Read more
Once upon a time there was a Dad who was also his son’s head coach. His son was all about team events, things the whole team could do for fun. There was a new movie. It was a must see … The action, the special effects, the actors … world class. He had heard there was “one... Read more
VOCATION: 1.a particular occupation, business, or profession; calling. 2.a strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career. 3.a divine call to God's service Summer time is an ideal time for educators to take time to stop and reflect. What went well this past year? How... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in A lot of people, when a guy scores a lot of goals, think, 'He's a great player', because a goal is very important, but a great player is a player who can do everything on the field. He can do assists, encourage his colleagues, give them confidence to go forward. It... Read more
One man with courage is a majority. Thomas Jefferson As a coach, I pray daily for more courage; Help me do the tough thing; Help me make the tough decision; Help me give of myself regardless of the cost. Help me face my fears.....every day. Coach Jim DeJoy and one of athletes during Jersey Ceremony... Read more
Last week's Brain Teaser answer was 60! Congrats to Coach Sammons from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy for being the only one to get it right! Below is an article on mentoring that was published by Gallup in August 2013. I think it does a wonderful job of pointing out the urgent NEED for all... Read more
Like Tweet Pin +1 in Children get it right quite often. This comic should be handed to every sports parent on the planet. Consider sharing! Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd A Guidebook to Help You Coach ©2014 SportsLeader | 1974 - A Douglass Blvd Louisville, KY 40205 Phone: 502. 451.7792. ext 201-... Read more
Click here to watch trailer of the Movie Taking Chance If you subscribe to the service Amazon Prime you can watch the full movie for free in their instant video section. Or you can purchase the DVD there as well. Taking Chance is a 2009 historical drama film based upon the experiences of Marine Lt... Read more
A picture is worth a thousand words, right? What is wrong with this picture and what does it have to do with coaching? There is another common phrase, "one side does not fit all." Every person is unique. Every person has a different story, different things that move, motivate, upset and... Read more
I was blessed to have as my Head Football Coach a man by the name of Vic Paternostro. Coach Paternostro, may he rest in peace, is New Jersey’s all-time winningest scholastic football coach. He spent all 43 years of his coaching career at Pope John, where he amassed a record of 373-67-5 for an... Read more
During the last decade, heroin use has grown at a far faster rate than other illegal drugs. In fact, it's exploded, (with) the number of users skyrocketing 50%. Heroin use may bring to mind graphic images of the epidemic of the 70's, (with)of homeless junkies shooting up in dark alleys and... Read more
* The musings of a high school coach/teacher at the end of the season/year. This is dedicated to all of you working thanklessly in the trenches, giving of yourselves because that is just how it is supposed to be! SportsLeader thanks you and is honored to be able to be a part of your mission. I don... Read more
Congratulations to Craig Reed, from Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy (CHCA) who was the ONLY SportsLeader to answer correctly last week's Brain Teaser, turning Army into Navy in 8 steps: Army Arms Aims Dims Dams Dame Name Nape Nave Navy Next week, I promise, we'll give you an easier one!... Read more
What is the best gift you have ever received? What was so special about it? Who gave it to you? What were the circumstances? As coaches, school leaders and parents, we are constantly giving gifts to our loved ones. Probably the biggest of these gifts is the time we spend with those loved ones, time... Read more
All of us who've had the responsibility of leading a team should know a basic truth: LIFE IS HARD! Why is it then that so many times I hear the gripes and the grumblings, condemning the job, "Why O why, does it have to be so hard for MY TEAM!?" I want to yell, "Come on people,... Read more
Obviously, there are many different types of leaders. Some are good, some are not so good. And just like the many different types of leaders, there are just as many different types of leadership STYLES. But let us not fool ourselves because just as some leaders are more efficient than others, some... Read more
We all need an “Ego-Check” from time to time, myself included. It is far too easy to lose perspective on things and get caught up in ourselves, our goals, our personal pursuits. Here are some questions to help us reflect on whether or not we truly are “checking our ego at the door... Read more
Have you ever had the experience that your players are focused and growing in a positive direction when they are with you but then once the season is over or school lets out they fall off the wagon almost instantly? I was doing a team retreat recently with a college team and a number of young men... Read more
* Last week, 80 people responded with an answer for how many squares were in the square diagram I provided. Of those, 28 responded correctly with an answer of 30 squares. To correctly answer, one must add all the squares: There were: 16 1x1 squares There were: 9 2x2 squares There were: 4 3x3... Read more
Happy Easter to all of you! Overcoming our fears and strengthening our communication skills are two endeavors that are difficult to accomplish. Sometimes a "third party" coming in and offering a new perspective can be helpful. We try to do this with our leadership seminars. I was blessed... Read more
There is a growing sentiment that there are too many leaders who love their POSITION as leader far more than the TEAM they are supposed to be leading. Often, they end up most caring most about THEMSELVES and what they are accomplishing; each current coaching job just another opportunity for another... Read more
Loyalty and forgiveness are two virtues that I have come to appreciate much more as of late. This week we remember two historical persons from the time of Jesus who speak to these two virtues very powerfully: Judas and Peter. Judas betrayed Jesus after being his friend and companion for three years... Read more
At SportsLeader we believe that coaches can be, should be, MUST be more than a coach. Our society is crying out for leaders to lead us, to help us, to love us. And who better to be those leaders but superintendents, school principals, school athletic directors and COACHES? The time is NOW, people!... Read more
Miles Scott, a 5-year-old boy whose leukemia is in remission, is a huge Batman fan, and his dream came true when the city of San Francisco transformed into Gotham to fulfill his wish to be Batman for a day. He stopped traffic in the Bay last November with his appearance as Batkid during a Make-a-... Read more
Why does it seem that each and every day, there's another thing I HAVE to do? Another appointment to keep. Another driveway to shovel (what a long winter we had!). Another crisis to deal with. Another problem to solve. Another job that has to get done. Another mountain to climb? …... Read more
We define Leadership in our Strength for Life Manual as the strength to serve others without seeking to be served yourself. This video here below is a story from a few years back but well worth reviewing. It is a great example of a young man who is a leader, not a boss. Minnesota teen, Kevin... Read more
SportsLeader is an intentional virtue and mentoring program that brings structure and accountability to coaches. A number of years ago we brought the program to the entire athletic department of one particular school. Some coaches did an amazing job of integrating the program, some so-so and some... Read more
Honor and Class. Two virtues that are rare and instantly make a positive impression on us. In our Strength for Life Manual Honor - The strength to adhere to what is right. Class - The strength to control one's feelings seeking the good of others especially after victory and defeat. Check out... Read more
Growing up with my father was not easy. Don't get me wrong, he was a great dad, for he loved us and we loved him. He was funny, wise, went to all us kid's activities, supported us, spent time with us, and maybe most important of all, he BELIEVED in us. But he was hard. He demanded great... Read more