A Scoutmaster Minute
Thu, 18 Jun 1998 23:06:07 -0400
I didn't take it out on you guys as we went through the basketball playoffs,
but remembering some of this other stuff because of Pinewoods and such made me
remember a story I used as a SM minute during the playoffs a few years ago. It
IS true, but with a bit of literary license.
I don't remember how I started exactly, but it had to do with some heresy
(when spouted in a Chicago suburb, at least) about how the team besides the
Bulls might have a chance. That was just to get their attention however, after
a long EOY COH.
"You know, there's one player in these playoffs who is famous for non-
basketball reasons. Seems he was driving home from a game through a pretty
rough neighborhood and he stopped at a corner where there was a late-night
pick-up game being played. He got over and went to visit and play with a bunch
of boys who would never have the money to see him play a game, and they sat
with him and went over that night's game play by play.
"In exchange, however, he made them talk about school and their grades. He
promised to stop again after his next home game, but they all had to have
their homework done for him to see. He asked them for more and more each time,
and it got to the point they were waiting for him after every game to show him
their report cards, their grades, their homework, and everything else from
school that they did well on that you can imagine.
"Game after game he would stop, play with these kids, check on them. Soon he
had someone checking on them with their teachers at school and he knew about
the things they did both good and bad before they met after a game. As some
finished High School - much better off than they would have been had they
continued without the player, they each chose someone to take their place, and
they continue to this day to meet with the player.
"This man, a rather famous basketball player, was doing all he could to make a
difference in a neighborhood where he didn't even live.
"Can any of you guess who the player is?" (NOTE: Believe it or not, it tool
them about 6 guesses to hit the name Michael Jordan.)
"That's right, even though he had a family to go home to and other things that
some people would think is more important, but instead he was going out of his
way to do a good turn for some youth he didn't even know.
"Now how do you think YOU can do a good turn over the next few days?"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City