Words of encourage. Words of motivation. Words are power.
Words are power. They really are. Sometimes we "blow off" what we say or disregard it as minute. It may not be minute to someone who listens.
I felt overwhelmed with excitement when I was invited to do Loving That Sports Talk live from the Boys and Girls Club in Casper, Wyoming. Youth in Casper are fortunate to have a wonderful building and outstanding staff at the facility. I was really impressed by the positive atmosphere, mentors, and the guidance given to the kids.
Corey Adams arranged for me to broadcast live at the Club and I was introduced Ashley Bright, CFO.
I was set up in a comfortable room and on the air in no time. My co-host, Terry Jackson, and I introduced the Boys and Girls Club of Casper on the air and got the conversation rolling about how we all have a responsibility to be role models and a positive influence for children.
Kids are really smart. They are able to distinguish right away whether an athlete is someone they respect and look up to, or frown upon if that athlete is negative, in trouble, or displaying bad behavior in public. Therefore, it is so important to portray yourself as a good person.
Galand Thaxton, formerly of the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers led the discussion on how important it is for athletes to keep a good image and reputation in order to be a positive role model that kids will respect.
When Ashley Bright came on the air, it was so refreshing to hear him talk about their mission to empower every child. He has been involved in the Boys and Girls Club for many years, beginning in Tacoma, Washington. That, folks, is dedication and commitment. He talked about all the benefits of the Club and the programs/activities/sports they provide. The Boys and Girls Club is definitely an asset to the Casper community. You really need to tune in to the show if you missed it by going online to Voice America. Ashley was "Johnny on the Spot" with knowing how to communicate with kids and how the Boys and Girls Club's programs fit the needs of today's youth. I really appreciate what Ashley is doing for his community.
A surprise guest, Paul Roach, my former Wyoming Cowboys football coach appeared for a segment. Coach is such a great guy and it was fun to have him appear and give us his insight on the bounties on players, which is a hot topic in football right now. Maybe I put him on the spot a little...listen in. His compliments made me get a little sentimental and emotional. My wife thought he was so cute on the air and such a very kind man. Yes, Coach, she was a fan of yours in college and thought you were a great asset to the University of Wyoming as did I!
Galand and I praised Coach Roach for his great influence in our lives. It's so true. I don't know if all of us realize how much of a difference a mentor or positive role model makes. Many times, the motivation sticks with us through to adulthood. Thanks, Coach, for being such a positive role model for me!
The show wrapped up with Galand talking about his friend, Junior Seau, and the positive things he left behind and what he contributed to the public as a fellow football player by empowering youth, and giving back to his community. We send our best wishes to Junior Seau's family and safe travel to my buddy, Galand, as he attends his funeral in California.
I felt the show touched on several important topics and how sports is really an avenue of influence to people. Not only is it entertainment on television, but behind the scenes... it is work for us and a good reputation is crucial when you are in the limelight. Being in the NFL is an opportunity only a very small amount of athletes get to participate in. Our time in the "big show" is limited and we should use it wisely.
Later, I spoke to the kids in the gymnasium of the Casper Boys and Girls Club. They were full of energy and life. I gave them the most important things I gained from sports...respect, discipline, and a hard work ethic.
I encourage all of you to volunteer some time to kids. Your local Boys and Girls Club is a place to contribute. Check it out in your community. Casper--you rock! Keep up the great work!
I leave you with this...
"Leave a good impression. It's the only one you got."
YOU GOT THIS! BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL!