TEAMGOLDUSA is a worldwide group of administrators, athletes, coaches, trainers and persons participating and promoting the open and transparent sharing of the best training information, while developing the highest standards of integrity, ethical and moral excellence. While most of us are no longer record holders, all of us including those individuals mentioned below can all be trail blazers that touch athletics in a way that can change history and provide equality of opportunities for athletes forever.
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Most reasons to participate in athletics are manifest. Some reasons to participate are private, and some are deeply within us. Our motivations may be the foundation for what sets us apart leads us towards being the best in the world or our motivations might be the reason why we always fall just short of fully achieving our goals.
Understanding our mind, taking control of our thoughts and actions and setting higher standards, both athletically and ethically, will define our ultimate level of achievement and the positive impact we have on those around us.
Athletics is an environment where all participants have an equal opportunity to perform to the best of their capability. An athlete can make an impact not only in just athletic records, but outside athletics by how we conduct ourselves and in our relationships with each other.
Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.
― Wilma Rudolph
(Wilma Rudolph, African American sprinter, born premature at 4.5lbs and a polio disease survivor. Won her first Olympic medal at 16 years of age then four years later, she would become the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field at a single Olympic game. On return home Wilma insisted that her homecoming parade and subsequent banquet be open to all residents (Black and White). The parade was the first racially integrated event in Clarksville, Alabama.)
An athletes performance and conduct in and out of the competitive event has the capability to influence the world. Those athletes, coaches, and trainers who exhibit profound success when combined with greatness of character, ethics and integrity define the principal components of being a professional, and with sufficient dedication and circumstance can become an Olympian.
“To me, we must learn to spell the word RESPECT. We must respect the rights and properties of our fellowman. And then learn to play the game of life, as well as the game of athletics, according to the rules of society. If you can take that and put it into practice in the community in which you live, then, to me you have won the greatest championship.”
― Jesse Owens
(Jesse Owens In 1936 African American sprinter Jesse Owens amazed the world by breaking Olympic records and winning four gold medals in Berlin, the headquarters of Hitler’s Nazi regime. However, in classic Olympic fashion, Owens became known not only for his athletic triumphs, but for his epic embrace with Aryan German competitor Luz Long and for the social barriers he broke down in the face of Hitler’s Nazi regime. Rather than protesting “Hitler’s Games,” Owens used his position in the spotlight to display the greatness and compassion that can be achieved outside of the political and cultural constraints of society.)
Revisiting Title IX. Which was established in 1972. Monumental changes in athletics can come from unexpected areas. Equality of Opportunity is not the same of thing as Equality of Outcome. But without Equality of Opportunity, outcome will assuredly fall short of optimal performance.
“We have to build things that we want to see accomplished, in life and in our country, based on our own personal experiences … to make sure that others … do not have to suffer the same discrimination.”
“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
— Patsy Mink
With these thirty-seven words, and despite significant resistance, Maui-born Patsy Takemoto Mink ’48 changed America. This law transformed America’s schools and universities by prohibiting educational institutions from receiving federal funds if they discriminated based on gender in admissions, recruitment, financial aid, housing, and athletics.