Character & Mental Toughness- Nick

“The reason I am so proud is because this other kid (11 year old laying on the mat) crushed our 10-11 year old. We didn’t have anyone else that had a chance against him and they asked Nicky (standing) if he would wrestle him. Granted Nick is only 8. No one else could have beat him and all the kids were hemming and hawing that they didn’t want to wrestle him. Nick said “Sure.” The other kid intimated our team. When they walked on the mat and the other kid saw my short red head son he thought it was going to be easy. At one point the kid actaully pushed Nick out of frustration and the ref had to warn the kid for poor behavior. Nick broke him and pinned him in the 3rd period. The kid just layed there and the crowd was wild…..To see this feisty red head beat the piss out of this kid was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.”– Nick’s Mom.

This coming fall we will open our football season against the #7 ranked team in the state.  I will surely be showing my players this picture and telling them the story behind it.  I hope our players can find the courage, heart and initiative that this 8 year old little guy from New Jersey found in himself. I hope Nick’s character and mental toughness will inspire many more.  I know he has inspired me.

Don’t let fear interfere with your opportunity to do something notable.  Find the courage, and you will find the way.

About coachbillmoore

Educator/Author/Speaker/HS & NCAA Coach Character Coach Read Coach Moore’s book “On Character and Mental Toughness” Paperback available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon. "The measure of your character and mental toughness is the space between what you are doing and what you could be doing." -Coach Bill Moore
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3 Responses to Character & Mental Toughness- Nick

  1. Debbie DeLorenzo says:

    I just read hm the article and he smiled! I think your words inspired him to keep.working in this critical part of the season. Continue to dig deep and it will come! Thanks Coach Moore for adding him to your “Character and Mental Toughness” articles! You are the one that inspires! Thank you!

    • Anonymous says:

      Love the character and mental toughness articles, especially this little toughy Nick!! What a wonderful inspiring story!! Love, love, love it!!

  2. Go Nick! Inspiring post Coach. Thanks for sharing.

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