Leadership and Excuses: The 5 Things You Need To Know For September 11, 2019

Today is a day for highlighting the positive energy, with special a emphasis on turning the negative into a positive. Remember we are all in this struggle together and to never forget. Tomorrow’s edition of the 5 things will have everything you need to get ready for the first set of district games and some thoughts as they pertain to last week and heading into this one!

  1. BE AN ATHLETE, BE A LEADER: If you haven’t figured out by now as an athlete walking around your campus that YOU are in fact the one everybody is looking at, then maybe this will change your mind. Maybe this will change OTHERS’ minds in the process. A freshman at MLK Prep in Memphis was being bullied everyday for wearing the same clothes, and the rest they say, is history. BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK.

2. WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE? Take look at the circumstances dealt to Ashley Jones. Take a look at what she’s accomplished. NONE of us are alone in the struggle. The human mind and spirit when centered and balanced is such a powerful thing. You can literally do anything you want. Here’s proof:

3. FIGURE IT OUT: A young man in Altamonte Springs did not have a jersey or anything related to hid favorite team for his school’s “Team Day” activity. So what he did was make his own, and it didn’t go over so well with a few of his peers, who decided to bully him with laughter and publicly shame him for it. Guess what? He had the last laugh.

And here is the Orlando Sentinel’s account of the backstory to this as well. Even if you’re not a UT fan, it would be cool to have one just to support the cause—->

4. YOU ARE MY HERO: James Wilder Jr. is living his best like in the CFL playing for the Toronto Argonauts. Here is a young man living his best life imitating who he wants to be when he grows up:

5. PAYING HONOR AND RESPECT: Last week, Tallahassee Lincoln honored the old Lincoln High School Tigers who played during the days of segregation, and there were several alumni of the school that was located on Brevard Street in attendance. Absolutely one of the coolest things we’ve seen this season. Hopefully this inspires others to pay the same respects.