The Letter

When viewed from the Schuylkill Expressway In Philadelphia, Pa., heading west toward the Manayunk exit, St. John’s Church presents a magnificent picture of dignity and grace. This gray-stoned high-steepled beauty surrounded by a park made a wonderful setting for the wedding my wife and I attended in Manayunk. The ever-present …

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The Passion of the Wall

School hallway

It began when I was teaching Concepts of Fitness back in 1990. Concepts of Fitness was a class designed for students who were passionate about fitness and maybe interested in a career in Physical Education and Coaching. The students were screened according to their interests and grades to qualify them for the course.

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Power of Goal Setting

While coaching at my first teaching job, we were fortunate to have gathered a group of excellent students who just happened to play football. It was the custom back in the late ’60s to take the football team to camp for the upcoming season. Well, we were settled in Stroudsburg, …

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The Essence of Life

By Jack Bottinger, retired football coach and teacher of 38 years It was the change of class one winter day in 1996, and a group of school administrators were gathered in the hall having a chat. I was on my way to the copying room and heard Dennis Foreman, the …

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True Sportsmanship

Andrea NelsonA True Story by Marianne Holman
-- Church News, February 21, 2009

During the 2008 Washington State 4A track and field championship, Andrea Nelson, a Laurel in the Woodridge Ward, Spokane Washington North Stake, received her best time in the 3,200-meter race. Although it was Andrea's best time, her second-place finish was still seconds behind the event winner, a senior from another school and the defending state champion.

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Wounded Vets take train to the Army-Navy Game

A TRUE Story... and one of the best Christmas stories you'll ever hear. 
It's an amazing story of a wealthy Philadelphia couple which organized a train composed of privately-owned railroad cars to carry wounded vets from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital to the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

-- By Ronnie Polaneczky
For The Philadelphia Daily News,  published December 22, 2005

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What God Had Planned

-- By Frank Reich

As I warmed up my car on a cold Buffalo morning, I readied myself for a drive to Rich Stadium where I was to start my first NFL playoff game. This particular day, January 3, 1993, we were playing the Houston Oilers in an AFC wildcard game.

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Tim Tebow Inspires Again

Tim Tebow Christian Inspirational True Story

You Can’t Be Hatin’ on This! Dear Friends… I heard the news Monday morning that Tim Tebow had taken someone special with him to the The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards ceremony held Thursday night in Orlando, Florida. Didn’t think too much about it. As a matter of fact, …

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