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Hope of Hernandez

July 2nd, 2013 | Comments Off on Hope of Hernandez

Fatherlessness in America claims a new victim. Sadly, Aaron Hernandez’s tragic story is not unique or even unexpected. Where did it all go wrong?

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Fatherlessness is responsible for…

63% of youth suicides (5 times the average)
71% of high school dropouts (9 times the average)
75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers (10 times the average)
80%
of rapists with anger problems (14 times the average)
85%
of youths in prison (20 times the average)

(courtesy of Sabrina and TheFatherlessGeneration.com)

Unlike the statistics listed above, Aaron Hernandez grew up in a home with both of his parents, Dennis and Terri Hernandez. In high school, Aaron displayed his immense talents garnering national attention as a top tight end prospect.

And as late as 2006, he was still planning to attend the University of Connecticut, following in the footsteps of his father. Then, everything changed.

During a hernia operation, Dennis Hernandez suddenly and unexpectedly died as a result of complications from the surgery. Aaron was just 16. Terri Hernandez said,

“He would rebel. It was very, very hard, and he was very, very angry. He wasn’t the same kid, the way he spoke to me. The shock of losing his dad, there was so much anger.” (courtesy of USA Today Sports 2009)

:: It is important to note at this point, that I personally believe Aaron Hernandez deserves his day in court, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and that if he is found responsible for murder, that he should be held accountable. ::

Fatherlessness can alter the destiny of a child.

Aaron enrolled in the University of Florida in 2007, fleeing Connecticut and his troubles in hopes of finding himself or perhaps a fresh start. Instead, he found more trouble, including a juvenile arrest and several failed drug tests.

In 2009, then Florida coach Urban Meyer seemed to affect change in Aaron’s life. Meyer’s limited mentoring uncovered a clear understanding of the fundamental absence from the talented tight ends’ life.

“When your guy, your idol, your soul is taken from you, how do you deal with that? I just think there’s a part of his life that was not there. He needed discipline; he needed someone to talk to.” (courtesy of USA Today Sports 2009)

Unfortunately, mentoring is something that most coaches are not equipped to handle, nor are they hired or expected to maintain after players graduate.

Now 5 years removed from his time with Meyer, the 23 year old Hernandez is quickly sinking to the unreachable and murky depths of the fatherlessness life.

Becoming just another father that will not be around to watch over and protect his 7 month old daughter.

Fatherlessness does have one weakness.

Other adults showing up, offering the disciplines of life and someone who will listen.

Be a part of preventing fatherlessness.

Mentor a young man or woman today. They can be a neighbor, a teammate or classmate of one of your children, a child of a single-parent coworker, or any number of children that are a part of organizations like Boys & Girls Club of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, or the Mentoring Project.

The Lead Block has been showing up for players and coaches since 2011. To find out more about how you can become a part, click HERE.

 

 

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Weekly Block – Dollars and Sense

August 17th, 2011 | Comments Off on Weekly Block – Dollars and Sense

Each Wednesday, the Weekly Block will cover everything that matters in the world of sports.  To me.  And maybe you, too.

1. Scott Stallings (30th in FedExCup Points)(29th on the Money List)

Stallings is choosing to take the week off and visit a place he does not often get to see.  Home.  Sometimes money and success change people, thankfully not Scott.

2. Chicago Cubs (54-69)(5th in NL Central)

Carlos Zambrano had a big weekend. And by big weekend, I mean he imploded on and off the field. It is nice to see some remorse, but make no mistake, Big Z is gone.

3. Memphis Grizzlies (Cheap Seats)

Scraping together enough for a Weekly Block segment about the Grizzlies will soon be harder than affording Grizzlies tickets next season. If there is a next season.

4. Tennessee Titans (CJ2Ka-ching)

Uh, oh.  Chris Johnson’s holdout just took a turn for the worst. The man makes dollars, not sense. (sigh) At least the 2011 Titans rookie class looks promising.

5. Final Block (Dollars and Sense)

Charles Robinson dropped the equivalent of a nuclear strike on the University of Miami athletic program and really the entire collegiate sports system, quite frankly.

Sure, every sports fan and media outlet in the country had suspicions.  We all secretly feared that our beloved Alma mater was guilty of some infractions.  But not…

“…cash [to players], prostitutes, entertainment [in a school booster’s] multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.” -Courtesy of Charles Robinson

It is not just at the University of Miami, Ohio State, USC, and Tennessee.
It is not just in the Big-10, Pac-12, SEC, and Big-12 Conferences.
It is not just in the football, basketball, and baseball programs.

Did you know, the NCAA has punished 53 of 120 universities in the 2000s? 

Half.

The collegiate sports system is broken.

Exploitation of young athletes is not good business. And it is certainly not something that should be sacredly celebrated on Saturday afternoons across the country.

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The Thing About Tim Tebow

August 15th, 2011 | 1 comment

Clearly defined values identify a person, their calling, and their destiny.  Whether you agree with them or not, Tim Tebow’s values are apparent for all to critique.

The interesting thing about Tebow is the effect his public display of his values has had on the American sports scene.

“In the 2009 BCS Championship Game, [Tebow] wore John 3:16 on his eye paint, and as a result, 92 million people searched “John 3:16″ on Google during or shortly after the game.” – Courtesy of Wikipedia and ESPN

“Before the 2008 season even started, Tebow had his name pulled from consideration for the Playboy Preseason All-American team because it conflicted with his Christian beliefs.” – Courtesy of USA Today

Faith is a value for Tim Tebow.

“Controversy surrounded Tebow’s decision to appear in an ad funded by the socially conservative organization Focus on the Family [alongside his mother] that was broadcast during Super Bowl XLIV on CBS.” – Courtesy of Radaronline.com 

“He’s given yet another example of his superhuman powers. The most popular player in SEC history is saving himself for marriage. Unbelievable.” – Clay Travis (AOLnews)

Family is a value for Tim Tebow.

“He would repeat as Player of the Year in his senior season.  One of his highlights as a high school athlete was finishing a game on a broken leg.” – Courtesy of ESPN

“On December 8, 2007, Tebow was awarded the Heisman Trophy… He was the first underclassman to have ever won the Heisman Trophy.” – Courtesy of ESPN

Winning is a value for Tim Tebow.

Tebow’s values have identified him, his calling, and will continue to impact his destiny.  Whether on the football field or off, it is clear that there is something we can all stand to learn from this controversial NFL quarterback.

Know your values and pursue them unashamedly.

Every week this month, Lead Block athletes will be challenged to define their values.  Become a part of this mentoring community and click ABOUT to find out more.

 

 

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