Jesse Owens Quote


The following quote was on the wall in the dining hall at the USOC. I am a great admirer of Jesse Owens. He was a real classy person, who knew racial prejudice of the worst kind, but did not let it embitter him, instead he turned it into a positive and was role model for races and creeds during his life. My first week coaching at Santa Barbara High School in 1969 he came and spoke to our track team; this quote was part of his message. I think it is a message we need to take to heart.

Awards become tarnished and diplomas fade … What is a gold medal? It is a trinket, a bauble. What counts my friends, are the realities of life. The fact of competition and yes, then great and good friends you make.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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Athletic Development Coach & Consultant. Founder of GAIN Network. Proud dad. Love to read everything.
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