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July 16, 2013
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Some of my fondest memories of coaching are of those athletes that just played the game for the pure joy of being on a team. I kept kids on basketball teams because they were great team members despite their less than stellar talent. Their attitude made the team better and they were great practice players. They were not under stress to perform at a high level because they knew this was their last level of play. They were not going to play in college. I kept one young man because of his home situation. I figured he needed the security the ball team gave him. He could also play well enough that I could use him in the right situations. He is a successful businessman today, and I would like to think this experience had a lot to do with that. He was “something” on this team which he never was at home. I never did cut a track or cross country athlete, because we had room and being part of a team allowed them to be “something” in school. Without this, they would have just been another student lost in the vastness of another high school class roster. On the team they had a uniform that said they were something unique no matter how insignificant their part was. They stood out in their own small way. One young lady on a cross country team would have been a D student at best, but being on the cross country team she always got A’s and B’s. Cross country kids were honor roll students, so she made herself one just to fit in. These student-athletes were just as special as the all-stars and benefitted by the association of a teammate.

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9:00 am South Decatur Elementary Color Run @ South Decatur Jr - Sr High School
South Decatur Elementary Color Run @ South Decatur Jr - Sr High School
Sep 3 @ 9:00 am
South Decatur Elementary School has introduced a new fundraising program called My School Color Run. The My School Color Run program aims to go beyond traditional fundraising. Rather than sell goods, the program aims to engage the entire student body in a fitness initiative that aims to instill a life-long healthy way of living. On Sept. 3, at 9 a.m., the students, staff, and community of South Decatur Elementary School will walk, jog, and run their way toward a healthier life while raising funds for the PTO’s Playground Revitalization Project. The color run will be held at South Decatur Jr-Sr High School, and will be open to the public. This is an untimed fun run. Participants will pass through four color stations throughout the course and end with a massive color toss at the My Color Run Post-Race Party. Participants will be treated to refreshments, music, and fun following the run. Interested participants of all ages can register by visiting www.SouthDecaturMSCR.eventbrite.com, or by completing a paper registration form prior to the event. Registration is $25 for adults 13 and older, and $20 for kids 12 and under. A family of five gets a discount at $20 per person. Pre-registration is[...]