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CARE: Les Hunter

This has been a funny month, as we’ve focused on our “C” word of CARE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues’ dictionary includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Earlier this month, because of his former team reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever, we featured ex-Lipscomb coach, Don Meyer. This week, because of the unlikely run of his alma mater, we’re featuring a previously published article … Read more

CARE: John Wooden

A lot can be said about timing. This week’s post, because of the NCAA Tournament and the fact that CARE is this month’s “C” word, has been scheduled to focus on John Wooden and the following sections from previously published story. Last week’s post, which wasn’t planned until Lipscomb University earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament, featured legendary college basketball coach, Don Meyer. When I was working on my first book, which included … Read more

CARE: Don Meyer

This month’s “C” word is CARE. In the “C” You In The Major Leagues definition, CARE includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Obviously it applies on and off the field or court – player, coach, boss, mother, father, it doesn’t matter. Early this year, when we planned the 2018 “C” words for each month, we didn’t really imagine Lipscomb University would be making its first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, after … Read more

SUPPORTER SPOTLIGHT: Mike Trigg

Name: Mike Trigg Occupation: Investment Management Mike, your introduction to “C” You In The Major Leagues was similar to a lot of people. Yet different. You invited Dayton to speak to your company, WCM Investment Management, which is how many people first hear about the foundation. But you’re not based here in Kansas City; you’re in California. What made you want to bring Dayton to Laguna Beach to speak with your group, which, coincidentally, was … Read more

CARE: Jim Dickey

It’s funny how life works sometimes. This month’s “C” word is CARE. In the “C” You In The Major Leagues definition, CARE includes: puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. Although I have a few people in mind who embody CARE on and off the field, I wasn’t completely sure who’d be featured this week. But then I came across an article that life-long Kansas Citian and longtime sports anchor, Dave Stewart, wrote … Read more

COACH: Herb Brooks (via Ken Morrow) Part 2

There aren’t many sporting events that have stuck with Americans as a whole as much as the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in 1980, and then subsequent gold medal win over Finland two days later. This month’s CYITML “C” word has COACH, which is someone who understands the game; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. That can apply to our daily lives at home or at work, … Read more

COACH: Herb Brooks (via Ken Morrow), Part 1

There aren’t many sporting events that have stuck with Americans as a whole as much as the U.S. Olympic hockey team’s win over the Soviet Union in 1980, and then subsequent gold medal win over Finland two days later. For those of us of a certain age, it’s one of those “I know where I was when…” moments. Keep in mind, for historical perspective, this was a seemingly simple hockey game between a bunch of … Read more

COACH: Nick Foles

There’s an old thought in the publishing world — books, magazines, newspapers, whatever — that after a major sports event is finished, unless you’re in the winning team’s city, you move on. Or, unless you’re talking about Nick Foles. This month’s CYITML “C” word is COACH, which is someone who understands the game; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. Is there a position that understands that definition better than a backup … Read more

COACH: Rocky Bleier

In the CYITML lexicon, COACH isn’t necessarily a “coach” in the general sense. Here it’s someone on the field, at the office, or at home, who understands the game; is an independent thinker; a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. A former Super Bowl champion that comes to mind is Rocky Bleier, who was part of the great Pittsburgh Steelers teams of the 1970s. His story has been told and retold countless times (and will be … Read more

Hancock offers wonderful lessons with “Blue Moth”

A blue moth. It sounds innocent enough. Harmless. Not tough enough to be a hero such as the Green Hornet, but certainly a loveable underdog in a Saturday morning cartoon. Except in Bill Hancock’s life. The blue moth was unsafe. Malicious. Tainted. The blue moth was the best way for Hancock to describe and deal with the grief of losing a son. Dave Matthews sang about it in one of his solo songs: “You should … Read more

Supporter Spotlight: 2017 Impact

At least once a month during 2018 — generally on the first Friday of each month — we’re going to have a “Supporter Spotlight” for one of our weekly blog posts. A supporter is anyone who’s well, supporting people in need in Kansas City through “C” You In The Major Leagues. One month it may be a written Q&A with a volunteer. The next month it could be a video interview with a donor. We’re … Read more

“C” coach Holley gets win #900

It’s one of those great stories that sticks with you. Years and years ago, when they both were in the NAIA, rivals William Jewell and Rockhurst were playing a best two-of-three conference basketball tournament that would decide which team would go to the NAIA national tournament. One of Rockhurst’s best players was a senior All-American and 1964 NAIA tournament Hustle Award winner named Ralph Telken, who was a tenacious defender. Crazy might be a better … Read more

2017 was a year of TEAM

As we close out 2017 and look ahead to 2018, we want to thank you for your support of “C” You In The Major Leagues. Whether you’ve donated your money or your time, you’ve been vital to changing lives in Kansas City in 2017. You’ve undoubtedly heard the acronym TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. Usually TEAM is preached by countless coaches across the country, but away from sports, perhaps nowhere is that acronym more evident … Read more

CARE: Scott Shannon

Our “C” word for November is CARE. In the CYITML definition, someone who exhibits CARE: Puts others first; evaluates everyone honestly; understands everyone’s impact. This past summer, one of our final “C” You At The “K” groups was from Kansas RBI. Specifically, it was the team on which “Dash” Vaughn, a 17-year-old who was killed in a drive-by shooting in early August, played. As I talked to the group about the speakers they were about … Read more

COMMITMENT: Billy Mills

This month’s “C” word is COMMITMENT, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person has a strong work ethic; is not easily distracted; prepares accordingly; and prioritizes. Fifty-three years ago Saturday, on Oct. 14, 1964, former University of Kansas runner, Billy Mills, saw a dream come true. But it was a dream fulfilled only by his COMMITMENT. The young man sat at the open hotel window, glaring down at … Read more

COACH: Willie Lanier

This month’s “C” word is COACH, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person understands the game; is an independent thinker; is a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. With the NFL season underway, there’s a Kansas City Chiefs’ legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer who’s a great fit for COACH: Willie Lanier. The story might be one of the greatest in Chiefs history. Even among the players of … Read more

COACH: Raul Ibanez

This month’s “C” word is COACH, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon means that a person understands the game; is an independent thinker; is a good self-evaluator; and offers enthusiasm. As the Royals hit September, the last full month of the regular season, it’s a good time to look at a player from 2014 who fits the term COACH perfectly: Raul Ibanez. Raul Ibanez had been a productive player for the … Read more

COMPOSURE: Fred Patek

This month’s “C” word has been COMPOSURE, which, in the “C” You In The Major Leagues lexicon, means that a person is calm in the eye of the storm; slows the game down; poised; and shows self-control. That usually described Royals Hall of Fame shortstop Fred Patek. With Patek being the August “Coaches with Character” honoree, we thought this would be a good time to remember more of Patek’s story, leading off with one when … Read more