This I Believe!

Webster’s Definition- Hero: a: a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability b: an illustrious warrior c: a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities.

My personal hero was at times the most interestingly dressed person at wrestling practice. Coach Brown could be found at Fife HS wrestling practice wearing his old school singlet under his shorts but over his collar polo shirt; an image I still smile about to this day. Larry could also be found on a regular basis sporting dapper suits or stylish tie and suspender combos. Yet, regardless of how he dressed for practice or class, I could count on him to be there every day with whistle in hand and a smile that let the boys know practice was going to be a “two shirt wringer.” During a time when home could be tough and school was not much better, I could count on the fact that Coach Brown would be there each day waiting with whistle in hand and a kind word for me at the door. Coach Brown and his staff created an environment that allowed us to do more than just become wrestlers; we were given life coaching and an opportunity to become young men of substance. His commitment, consistency and high expectations for “his boys” were enough to make me love him forever.

It is unfortunate that we can’t all have a Mr. Brown in our lives. If we did, the graduation rate would be higher, drug use in our schools would be down, and there would be less fear in our children’s hearts. I believe that our community: tutors, mentors, councilors, educators, coaches and anyone else that spends time with kids and young adults on a regular basis are crucial resources for our country’s success. Though I do not aspire to be a “legendary character” or “illustrious warrior”, I do strive to embrace good while setting a positive example for the community, my little girls and 9 year old son, and for “my boys”.

I believe in the power or Heroes.
Coach Feist

Doug Burnham