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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

It's not often that you get to spend quality time with a Baseball Hall of Fame athlete to ask questions and get into the conversation of what makes great athletes. Last week I had that opportunity with baseball great Carlton Fisk.

The humble Fisk played 24 years in the major leagues as a catcher and hit 379 career home runs. Ironically, Fisk attended college on a basketball scholarship at the University of New Hampshire. 

I asked Carlton if he could give me one piece of advice for today's student-athletes, what would it be? He didn't hesitate.

"Regardless of the sport, it's vital that you don't dwell on the last play, Fisk said. Whether it's your last at bat or your last jump shot, you must move on to the next play, whether the previous play was good or bad."

He later went on to tell me that especially in baseball, where you get up to five at bats in one game, it's a must that you move on after each one. Fisk had that ability to have what I call short-term memory and he didn't differentiate between the good at bats and the bad. He took it one plate appearance at a time!

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"Promoting education based athletics in Indiana"

So many great teams have great leadership from their coaches, and you can always tell how much trust the athletes have in those that are good leaders by how hard they play and how well they listen.

Tony Bennett. coach of this year's NCAA basketball champion Virginia, showed his poise and composure as Virginia trailed in each of the final three games inside the ten second mark, yet never missed a beat and won every game.

After winning, Coach Bennett saved his best words for last as he told his team the following while meeting with them in the locker room. He said "Put your arms around each other, take a look at every guy in here, look at each other.  Promise me you will remain humble and thankful for this. Don't let this change you."

Great advice from a humble and caring coach!

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