“A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are.” Ara Parasheghian
I’ve just finished my 5th season of helping coach basketball at Northern Michigan Christian School (I also have 1 season of coaching varsity baseball under my belt).
This season I was the assistant middle school coach (7th and 8th graders) where my son Jonathan played on the 8th grade team. Let’s just say we all had a “growing season” together meaning that our record doesn’t tell the whole story about all the things we learned. Not only did we learn a lot about basketball but more importantly a lot about life. Some of these lessons weren’t the easiest to learn. But they’re easier learned in middle school basketball than later in life when the stakes are higher.
And it’s these life lessons that have driven me to spend so much time in the gym, on the bench and in the locker room working with young men, especially my own sons, and using the great teachable moments that sports provide to help them move from being boys to becoming Christian men.
For over twenty years Michael Perry has made it his mission to bring young people closer to Christ through his Bible study publications, his capacity as the President and CEO of SpringHill, and his recent book, Experience = Everything. Over the last fifty years, SpringHill has changed over half a million lives—proving that it is more than just camp, or a place, SpringHill is a transformative experience.