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Review: Beyond Championships by Coach Dru Joyce II

915oN5T2mgL__SL1500_Beyond Championships: A Playbook for Winning At Life

By Coach Dru Joyce II and Chris Morrow

 

In Beyond Championships, Coach Dru Joyce writes about the lessons he has learned, along with the values he has strived to instill in his players, through basketball.

To Joyce, coaching and life are both about serving others:

“Growing up doesn’t mean getting bigger or getting older. It means coming out of the delusion that we are here just for ourselves, just to have our own needs met. It means realizing we were put on this earth to make a difference. It means stepping further and further away from the misconception that we deserve things and more into the idea that we are here to serve.”

Joyce has been a successful coach in two ways. First, he has had some outstanding players and teams and has won a lot of championships. Second, and more importantly, he has shaped a lot of lives in a positive way.

One of the young men who Joyce coached—LeBron James—wrote this in the book’s forward:

“On the court, the goal will always be to win a title. But off the court, the more important goal remains to shape the lives of young people in the community in the same way that Coach Dru shaped mine. And if I can do that, even just a little bit, then I will have accomplished something that means so much more to me than any championship.”

I both enjoyed and benefitted from this book, and I recommend it to anyone who works with young people in any way.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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