John Wall – The Role Model

When we think of John Wall, for most of us, the first thing that pops into our mind is superstar basketball player for the University of Kentucky or potential first round draft choice or key to the 2009-2010 Kentucky Men’s Basketball success, but I doubt if many of us think of Wall as a life example.

One Minister from the state of Virginia does, and he shared his story with Larry Vaught of

Dr Paul Lawson writes of John:

I think your column “Wall grateful for opportunity at UK” should be read by students of every grade level and their parents. With the high drop-out rate in many of our schools, Wall is right on target in sharing his priority on academics as he receives the accolades for his basketball skills.

I, too, was blessed with a Coach who took a personal interest in his players. During my last game in high school I fouled out. As I sat at the bench with the towel over my face, he came over to me and said, “Paul, you are going to find out there is more to life than basketball.” How true that has proven to be.

Following are some summary points I gained from John Wall.

1. Your personal circumstances don’t have to hinder your personal values or life goals.

2. Always acknowledge people who have gone the extra mile to help you.

3. Be responsible in your leadership role, on and off the basketball court.

4. Recognize those who believe in you.

5. Remember those who sacrificed for you.

Full story including details to Dr Lawson’s Summary Points at Vaughts Views…


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