John Wooden, basketball coaching legend and hero to many, passed away on Friday at the age of 99. But the example he set, and the homespun wisdom he offered, will surely leave a powerful and lasting legacy.
Wooden was a coach both on and off the court, impacting the lives of those who knew him with his inspirational messages and with the idea that a coach is, first and foremost, a teacher.
This concept of the “teacher-coach” is central to Josephson Institute’s Arizona Sports Summit Accord, which John Wooden helped draft and which launched our Pursuing Victory With Honor sportsmanship campaign.
Today’s commentary, The Wooden Pledge, by Institute president Michael Josephson, highlights the legendary coach’s philosophy and some of his favorite maxims.
In this video from April of 2009, the fabled coach talks with Michael Josephson about the ideals of sports and what makes a real winner (DVD available here):
More about John Wooden
CoachWooden.com offers tributes to the Coach, explains his famous “Pyramid of Success,” and provides biographical information — and much more. Also, see the John Wooden commemorative section in the Los Angeles Times (June 13, 2010).
“Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” — John Wooden