Life Skills Specialist to Meet with Illini Gridders
Aug. 24, 2005
This Friday and Saturday, the Illinois football team will be treated to a two-a-day session, however this time the subject won't be football. Donna Williams, a member of an organization called Team Focus, will be in town to teach the team a different kind of lesson -- life lessons.
Team Focus was founded by former collegiate head coach and current ESPN analyst, Mike Gottfried, as an organization used to mentor young men who are looking for leadership qualities. Through Team Focus, men are taught a variety of life principles such as tying a tie, taking better notes, balancing a checkbook, handling peer pressure, using good manners and respecting women.
"This seminar has nothing to do with football. It's about how you handle yourself," Coach Ron Zook said, "how you treat people. I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to it. We're going to get our money's worth. She's going to cover everything from silverware to table manners. I'm concerned about how you act and how people perceive you. She has been around and spoken to other teams. When you recruit guys you want them to be the best football players they can be, but you also want them to be the best person they can be. If you can help them become better citizens and a better person, it's great for the university and the Illini Nation."
...on today's practice;
...on yesterday's scrimmage:
...on how much of today's practice was Rutgers preparation: