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Courage In All Its Forms

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Like most of you, I love having the opportunity to learn the stories of so many Americans who have amazing stories of courage and overcoming adversity. Of course I have my own seemingly never-ending mental list of individuals whose stories have been particularly inspiring to me. But, to my delight my list continues to grow. Although I admit I haven't put forth the effort to become an expert on each of these individuals, I am inspired and somehow fundamentally changed by learning of their spirit of courage and selflessness.

Today I watched the 2006 movie Glory Road, which tells the story of Texas Western basketball team that won the 1966 NCAA championship. This team was the first to win the championship while starting an all-black lineup. The strength of character shown by those players leading up to and during the NCAA finals is nothing short of awe-inspiring. In addition to the players, I was inspired by the coach of the team, Don Haskins, who went against the tide of history in recruiting and playing the best players he could find and afford on an almost non-existent recruiting budget. His desire was to put together a team made up of individuals with skills, character and heart, and he found them amongst the many thousands of well-deserving minority students who, at that time, had little hope of playing at the college or professional levels of the sport. The resulting team had a an almost undefeated season (only one loss) going into the tourney, and faced some of the best teams in the country including University of Kentucky, with their coach, Coach Rupp, the second most winning coach at that time.

As I watched the story of the several inspiring individuals in the movie, I found myself alternately on the verge of tears, singing and dancing, and cheering the team to win after win. If you haven't seen the movie, I encourage you to find it on Starz channel or rent it. It will be a worthwhile viewing experience.

Go, Texas Western!

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