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John Wooden's handwritten note

John Wooden's handwritten note

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John Wooden, one of the most admired coaches in American sports, humbly analyzes his entry into the Hall of Fame.

  • Document from John Wooden to an unknown recipient (perhaps a journalist or relative), regarding his induction into the American Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • One page, in English.
  • 21.5 cm x 27.8 cm.
  • Los Angeles, California, UCLA University, undated.
  • Excellent condition.
  • Unique piece.

Some thoughts and memories from my day in seclusion in Springfield, MA.

It's always nice to be considered one of the best at what you do, and I was happy and proud when I was selected into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a player, and equally happy when I was selected as a coach to become the only person chosen in more than one category.

However, I am quite aware of the fact that such honors are almost always influenced by being in the right place, at the right time, with the right people.

John Wooden

UCLA (retired)

This document shows how John Wooden (1910 - 2010) was an athlete and a charismatic and humble leader. Volleyball coach Bernardinho, who had the opportunity to meet John Wooden, confirms this reputation:

John Wooden is known as the coach who led the UCLA basketball team to 88 consecutive victories and 10 national championships, seven of them in a row. In Wooden's words, we see the man who prioritized character, common sense and righteousness, dedicated himself to work, family and the fundamentals of basketball and became a reference in sport and in life, (...) a man who He chose to be honest in all aspects of life.

My first contact with John Wooden occurred during the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984, when we won the silver medal. In those games, the Brazilian delegation stayed on the UCLA (University of California) campus. One day I was in the university bookstore and came across a book by Coach Wooden. From then on, I became a follower of Wooden and a great admirer of his ideas.

A beautiful example of success and humility, set by the American basketball legend.

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