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Monday Motivation: Coach Carter

Coach Carter believes in the young men on his basketball team even more than they believe in themselves. All he wants for them is a better life. And he is willing to fight with them and for them to insure they get it.


After inheriting a disorganized and defeated basketball team, Coach Carter brings order and discipline to the young men in this troubled area of California. Victory on the court follows. However, when Coach Carter discovers how poorly the players are doing in the classroom, he locks the gym and forfeits games until his team improves their grades.

Based on the true story of a successful sporting goods owner who returned to his alma mater to take over the troubled basketball team, this movie reminds me of a few key truths:

We need an advocate—someone who fights for us and alongside us.
We naturally fight against those who fight for us. This is a self-destructive tendency.
Change requires intense focus and accountability.

I hope you have a Coach Carter in your life. If you do, make sure you thank him/her this week.

(This clip contains some adult language, just so you know.)


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