Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Few's to recieve Wooden Achievement Award

Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few, and his wife Marcy, have been named the recipients of the 2008 World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame Nell and John Wooden Coaching Achievement Award. The award will be presented on June 24th in Boise, Idaho.

I just wanted to include some quotes from both Mark Few and from legendary coach John Wooden. These quotes demonstrate what an unbelievable job Coach Few is doing with his student athletes, and the respect he has garnered from some of the most respected minds in the sport.

From Coach Wooden

"I'm proud of this award because it brings out the importance of the support that comes from your wife," said legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. "I've watched Mark's Gonzaga teams for some time and they are very sound fundamentally - I've been very impressed with him. And what I've heard of him as a person is pleasing too," Wooden said. "Bringing his players along as good citizens is extremely important. It should be the responsibility of every school. They are teaching about life. To have Mark and Marcy receive this award is very pleasing and very appropriate."

From Coach Few

"When a young man enters the Bulldog basketball program, I believe it is our responsibility as coaches to help them reach their potential in every facet of their lives," Few said. "Our commitment to the players will always go far beyond the basketball court with a goal of producing the complete individual, one that Gonzaga University will be proud of long after their playing days."

"To be honored for what you do away from the court, and to be honored with an award named after a truly outstanding couple like Nell and John Wooden is humbling," Few said. "When you look at the list of people who have won this award in its short existence, and when you look at the members of the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, it's like reading a Who's Who in sports. It is an honor to be associated with these legends."

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