My sister and I laughed; Wooden smiled. I have come to realize that what appeared to be a toy to others, Coach saw as a teaching tool. “This is The Self-Esteem Ape,” Wooden explained. “When our self-esteem is a little low, we all need to be picked up a little.” Today I barely remember the trophies Coach modestly kept hidden in a back-room study, but I do remember The Self-Esteem Ape.
When I was seven years old, I spent an afternoon visiting with legendary basketball coach John Wooden. My dad had forged a friendship with Wooden over the years, and one day he took my older sister and me on a special trip to meet Coach. Leading us inside his home, the first thing Wooden did was excuse himself to retrieve something from a shelf in the living room. He returned carrying a small, stuffed gorilla wearing a red vest that spoke when you squeezed it: “You’re a genius! Gooood…
Joining forces and bringing people together to create a sustainable impression on the world; sharing the goodness and fulfillment of our experiences through interactions and the programs; and growing individuals through environment, network, self awareness, and resources.
Our partner NGO iStandAbove (iSA) provides the people of the world with the best tools and techniques to maximize the resources around them in order to live at their peak by creating a connected environment, a sharing network, a mindset of becoming more.
Local hero and distance runner Josh Spiker greatly supports Give Running by promoting a shoe donation site at his multi-sport store when Greg first began collecting used shoes. The support from Josh, Tri Running, and the Ventura County running community have helped transform Give Running from a one-time shoe collection drive into a year-round program.