Sunday, June 6, 2010

Integrity

A truly great man passed away on Friday and I wanted to take the time to pay tribute to him.

If you asked me to name the one person that I would absolutely trust and felt had more integrity that anyone else in this world, my honest answer would be John Wooden. I realize the man must have had his flaws and committed his sins since only God is perfect, but he set an example of what we could all aspire to be.

I'm proud to have attended UCLA and even more so because it was during the time Mr. Wooden was still coaching. I also had the privilege and pleasure of hearing him speak a few years ago - despite his age, he was completely lucid and the words of wisdom he spoke were, well, truly words of wisdom.

We've lost a great individual but he's gone to a better place. I have nothing but respect for him. I truly believe that he is the sort of person the Bible speaks of, to whom God has said "Well done, my good and faithful servant." I have no doubt that Coach Wooden, a man of great faith, is now enjoying his gift of eternal life in heaven.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I took French for two years at UCLA starting in 1966, the summer after Mrs. Capp's class I would walk around the track early in the morning and Coach Wooden would also be walking. After a while we sort of knew each other.