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Favorite Quotes

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While cleaning out my office today, I found one of my favorite quotes scrawled on a piece of paper:

“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
-Joe Paterno

It goes right along with one of my other all time favorite quotes:

“A Goal without a Plan is just a Wish”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Enjoy your weekend!

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Surf and swim apparel designer Girls4Sport will honor inspiring women with its “Ordinary Heroes” essay contest. Girls4Sport invites participants to nominate the women in their lives—mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends—who have accomplished extraordinary things or inspired others dream bigger and better.  The contest entry deadline is August 30, 2009.

“We all have people who’ve helped us laugh harder, run faster, live better, be stronger and just smile more,” says Kim Ruby, president of Girls4Sport.  “We want to pay tribute to the unsung heroes in women’s lives and give them the credit they deserve.”

Girls4Sport will select three hero stories as grand prize winners.  The grand prize winners and their heroes will each receive a $100 gift certificate for Girls4Sport’s online store,, plus an autographed copy of Dara Torres’ new book, Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams At Any Stage In Your Life.  Ten runners up will each receive a free t-shirt and grab bag from the online store.

Winners and their winning stories will appear on the Girls4Sport website in September 2009.  The deadline for nomination is August 30, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. PST.   All participants in the contest will receive a 35% off coupon code good towards any purchase at  Participants may nominate as many heroes as they want.  To nominate a hero, visit:

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Sports Can Help Kids Focus in School

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Yesterday as practice finished up, I was talking with one of the moms in the reception area. She wanted to tell me that within the past few months her daughter’s math grade has gone up one whole grade and that she associates the success with her daughter’s gymnastics. This is her daughter’s first year on a competitive team and the skills her daughter has learned in the gym – focus, determination, and patience, have translated very nicely into her academics.

This is not the first time in my 20+ years of coaching I have heard this from a parent. Actually I think I have heard this type of anecdotal support for kids and sports every single year I coach.

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