My main man, J-Mac
Many of you probably heard about Jason’s accident a couple weeks ago. He was hit by a car while riding his bike and ended up in the hospital for a few days with broken ribs and other serious injuries. While he was in the ICU for a few days, he always kept a positive attitude. In the #CJJblog this week, I felt it was necessary to do a tribute to J-Mac, tell you about some of his characteristics and give you some things I have learned from him over the years. Enjoy.
- Perseverance. Jason was the only person in all my years of coaching who tried out for the team three straight years. In year three (his Senior year) as the team manager, his perseverance and loyalty to the program lead me to consider letting him suit up for a game. All his hard work and dedication allowed the magical night of Feb 15th, 2006 to happen. You want perseverance? He’s got it.
- Service to others. Jason always seeks to help others first. Whether it’s coaching or every day life, he always seeks to put others first. Even during his high school years as the basketball team manager, he would volunteer his time to host workouts with the players, even outside of normal practices.
- Care. Jason cares. He cares deeply for those around him. If you are in his inner circle, he reaches out to you consistently to check in and see how he can support you.
- Team first. My favorite example of anyone showing their selflessness is how Jason speaks of the 2006 Greece Athena Boys Basketball season. He experienced a magical night that changed his life forever… and yet his favorite part about that season was that we won our first Section V title. Incredible.
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Life Tip #32: The harder you work, the luckier you get