Wednesday, April 4, 2012

President Obama assumes role as First Coach

Andy Katz of ESPN recently interviewed President Barack Obama about this year's 40th Anniversary of Title IX - the landmark legislation that increased opportunities for women in sports and education as a whole. Title IX reads, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." While Title IX makes no specific reference to sports, its legacy is based upon the impact made on the playing fields of America.

While President Obama does take a 30,000-foot view of Title IX's societal impact, Katz gets him to center on the specific effect the law has had in his household. Yes, the Commander-in-Chief of the world's largest military and the CEO of the world's largest economy is also a volunteer basketball coach for his 10-year-old daughter's team. You see, guys. We all get a turn. Watch the interview below at the 5:15 mark and see what President Obama has to say about how he tempers criticism with praise - and why love and appreciation for the kids you coach is a must (email subscribers click here).

No, I didn't coach the President up. He understands that kids are fine with hard work as long as you're pushing them forward and not pushing them down. It's not lost on him that one day he will have to "retire to the stands" and be his daughter's biggest fan. The leader of the free world knows his role and so should we. Until next time...

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