Utah coach suspends entire football team to build character – FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com

Utah coach suspends entire football team to build character – FOX 10 News | fox10phoenix.com.


A Utah high school football coach, fed up with his players’ off-the-field behavior, suspended all 80 members of the team and made them help out in the community instead of practice.

Matt Labrum, football coach at Union High School, in Roosevelt, said problems ranging from cutting class to cyberbullying prompted his extreme response, according to the Deseret News.

“We felt like everything was going in a direction that we didn’t want our young men going,” Labrum, who attended the school and has been its coach for two years, told the paper. “We felt like we needed to make a stand.”

After Friday night’s loss to Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Labrum gathered the team and told players he was not happy with some of the players’ actions. He told them all to turn in their jerseys and equipment, saying they had to earn the privilege to play again.

“They were in the locker room for a really long time,” Jenn Rook, whose son Karter, is on the team, told the newspaper. “They came out, and there were tears. Those boys were wrecked. My son got in the car really upset and (said), ‘First of all, there is no football team. It’s been disbanded.'”

Labrum and his staff told the players there would be a meeting the next day at 7 a.m. where they would get the chance to re-earn a spot on the team.

“We looked at it as a chance to say, ‘Hey, we need to focus on some other things that are more important than winning a football game,” Labrum said. “We got an emotional response from the boys. I think it really meant something to them, which was nice to see that it does mean something. There was none of them that fought us on it.”

Labrum was prompted to act after guidance counselors told him about a student who had been bullied on a website and suspected football players were behind it. Although coaches could not tell who was behind the bullying, Labrum told his team “we don’t want that represented in our program.”

He was also concerned about players failing and skipping classes and showing disrespect to teachers.At the team meeting a day after the mass suspensions, Labrum passed out a letter titled “Union Football Character,” telling the boys what they had to do to get back on the field.

The team is still scheduled to play a homecoming game against Emery High Friday, but instead of practicing, they’ve been performing community service, attending study hall and going to a class on character development. They were also required to write a report about their actions.

Jenn Rook said she objected at first, but now stands behind the coach.

“I do support it,” Rook said. “These boys are not going to be hurt by this. It’s a good life lesson. … It’s not a punishment. I see it as an opportunity to do some good in the community.”

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Stop Looking Outward for the Truth!

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Three NONs for Enlightenment

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Brendan Meyers On Perseverance

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On Being Alone by Maria Popova (Extract)

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time


“We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desirable person.”

If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds — even Emerson, perhaps the most eloquent champion of friendship in the English language, lived a significant portion of his life in active solitude, the very state that enabled him to produce his enduring essays and journals. And yet that choice is one our culture treats with equal parts apprehension and contempt, particularly in our age of fetishistic connectivity. Hemingway’s famous assertion that solitude is essential for creative work is perhaps so oft-cited precisely because it is so radical and unnerving in its proposition.

Click on the title to read her article, it’s worth finishing ;-D

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Small Moments of Grace, Remembering September 11 by Christopher Bailey

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Written on 11 septembre 2013

Has it been 12 years?
I was on the phone at the Rockefeller Foundation looking absentmindedly out the window when the first plane hit and didn’t realize it hadn’t just passed by. Until the second plane hit.
All I said to the person on the phone was ‘Gotta go’ and stared in disbelief.
After they closed off all transportation in the city, all staff met in the cafeteria which had a southern view. While we were discussing bunking arrangements, the first tower fell in front of us. And then the second. And just outside our window was the Empire State Building, and we couldn’t help but wonder if it was next.
I remember, while stranded at work in midtown, finally getting through on the phone home and my wife telling me that when she picked up 4 year old Julian from pre-K, he was hyperventilating he was crying so hard. My wife put him on the phone so I could try to calm him down as she had had no success.
Finally, I asked him, what do you think happened?
He sputtered through his breath, ‘Will we become extinct?’
Why would you say that, Julian?
‘Because of the meteor.’
Then I remembered he had recently seen the Disney movie Dinosaur.
‘No  Julian, it wasn’t a meteor. Two planes hit some buildings.’
‘Was anyone hurt?’
‘Yes, but it looks like most people escaped.’
When they opened up the bridges to pedestrian traffic, I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. The wind that day was blowing from Manhattan towards Brooklyn. All of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill were covered with a layer of ash. Bits of burnt photograph and memo floated from the dark eclipsed sky. I reached out and caught some of them. A corner of a snapshot of a family on vacation, with the father burnt away, a bit of charred memo with only the words Urgent: Response Required legible.
That night I volunteered at the Long Island College Hospital as they predicted a flood of victims which threatened to overwhelm the hospital system.
My job was to keep the the elevators free for incoming stretchers.
We were briefed on what we might expect, but nothing prepared us for what actually happened.
No one came.
When they finally released us at 4 am, I walked through the empty Brooklyn streets and for the first time, heard no noise.
Not a plane, not a car, not a person or a dog.
After two days, the subways reopened, and on the subway ride to work, in front of me I could see a housewife with a stroller, standing next to a construction worker, next to a wall street banker next to a homeless person, all staring ahead, eyes red and weeping, in a silent subterranean community of woe.
Leaving the subway, when I crossed Madison Avenue to get to work, a woman got her heel stuck in a manhole cover and fell onto the pavement with a bus coming her way.
Three people ran in front of the bus to save her.
While the rest of the country was shouting with anger, a quiet calm of mutual concern covered New York that week, giving ourselves the only gift we could give each other, small moments of grace.
That’s what I remember most.
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On Solitude

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If you read one thing this week, make it “How to Be Alone” – a beautiful antidote to one of the greatest anxieties and most misunderstood arts in our age of compulsive connectivity: http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/09/03/how-to-be-alone-school-of-life/
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Soulful Woman On Anger

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Artist: Diana Hansen Young

My anger is potentially a great ALLY to me. It is my job to use it wisely as a SACRED gift and power.

May I use my anger as healing FLAME to burn off that which no longer serves me and not as a destructive fire that harms myself or others.

May I respect my anger as a PROTECTIVE force within me, as my passion for life and as a boundary-setter.

May I harness the gift of my anger to LIBERATE myself and awaken from the ways in which I might have deceived myself, been asleep or uncourageous.

May I learn to listen to and transform my anger into a POSITIVE force for good.

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On Real Power

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Beyonce’s Song(s) Make Some of Us Sick!

This Girl Says Every Beyonce’s Song Makes Her Feel Sick, And Her Reasons Will Blow Your Mind

Madiha Bhatti is a spoken word poet and she has something to say about Beyonce and pop music today. Do you agree with her?

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