|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 591|
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INITIATIVE AND ADAPTABILITY ARE A GREAT COMBINATION (NANCY LIEBERMAN)
John Wooden Video Clip (2 min. 12 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Please tell us about the poem-The road behind and the road ahead."
The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup is awarded annually to the most outstanding role models among athletes. In 2023 for the Professional Division Nancy Lieberman received one of these awards.
Nancy Lieberman is a true pioneer in women’s sports. She was two-time collegiate national champion and a two-time National Player of the Year at Old Dominion University. Nancy has been a WNBA player and coach, a BIG3 Head Coach, the first woman to coach an NBA men's Development League team, a WNBA general manager, president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a sports broadcaster, and an author. She is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. She is the second woman in history to coach in the NBA, becoming the Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings in 2015. The Nancy Lieberman Award is given to the most outstanding female point guard in NCAA Division I Basketball.
Nancy Lieberman passionately guides youngsters and helps the disadvantaged. She created the Nancy Lieberman Charities to better support these young people. Nancy Lieberman Charities offers many programs for education and wellness. It provides college scholarships, laptops, Back-2-School backpacks, and basketball camps and clinics. It has built 84 Dream Courts across the nation to serve over 3.6 million children.
Nancy’s amazing accomplishments are anchored in her character of taking initiative to recognize challenges when they arise and then being adaptable to resolve them. This is a great combination. In her book, "Playbook for Success" she described her experiences this way:
"You must be mentally strong, confident, and fearless. Sometimes, you have to be willing to push the envelope, to give yourself breaks. It's important to recognize that adaptability and flexibility create opportunities. Sometimes you must be willing to be adventurous, to get out of your comfort zone. You have to be willing to change your behavior, and even to be uncomfortable, at times, to be successful. You can't let fear paralyze you and create inner doubt. You must instead focus on what you can control."
Are you living a life full of "Initiative and Adaptability"?
Yours in Coaching,
To A Little Girl
Oh, little girl with eyes of brown
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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