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With the arrival of March comes "March Madness." This is the time when a massive amount of frenetic energy is focused and released on basketball courts across the country. Men and women representing their respective colleges vie with new found passion and increased adrenalin to become the "National Champion." As in all games and in life itself there are some who win and some who lose. This year many of the teams that achieved great success during the regular season did not prevail when the brackets were published. Often the old adage, "its not whether you win or lose but how you played the game that matters" is trotted out to take the sting out of a loss. While the sentiment expressed is important it does not diminish the impact of the loss. At the end of the women's semi final game in which UConn defeated Notre Dame, Geno Auriemma, the UConn coach spoke to Skylar Diggins the All American point guard for Notre Dame. He commended her for her leadership, knowledge of the game, basketball skills, commitment to her team, contribution to her university, and for the numerous ways she enhanced women's basketball. The last words he spoke were, "and do not let this game define you as a person." Coach Auriemma's words are timeless in their significance and universal in their application. Too often we internalize failures, losses, and reversals and make them personal. Rather than acknowledge that we lost, we rush to judgment and declare that we are losers. Each one of us have failed at something, experienced a loss at sometime and felt the impact of a reversal. Coach Auriemma reminds us that failures, losses, and reversals can either define us or guide us. Which will it be?
Hamilton-Wenham Rotary and Leslie Ray Insurance to sponsor scholarships for Safe Driving Program
The Hamilton – Wenham Rotary Club, School District, Leslie Ray Insurance, and In-Control Advanced Driver Training are teaming up to educate young drivers and parents about responsible driving. Leslie Ray Insurance President Rich Jones offered $5000.00 to the Hamilton - Wenham Rotary Club to offer scholarships to Hamilton-Wenham High School students. Rotary Club President and Wenham Police Chief Ken Walsh claims that inexperienced drivers can cause serious damage to themselves and others on the road and would recommend that young drivers take every opportunity to learn as much as possible before getting behind the wheel.
In-Control Advanced Driver Training was founded in 2003 by professional racecar driver Brandon Bogart in an effort to lower the number of accidents caused by driver error. Automobile crashes are the number one killer of people under 45 and In Control’s program has been found to reduce crash rates in new drivers by 70 percent.
The half day In-Control program is an extreme crash prevention training course designed to not only teach participants the appropriate way to respond to unavoidable, real-life road situations, but also to instill lifelong attitudes that make safer drivers. This closed course hands-on education was adapted from existing law enforcement training that Bogart has been instructing for more than a decade.
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