2004-05-21 / Sports

McGuire Foundation Speak On Important Issues

By Elio Velez

McGuire Foundation Speak On Important Issues


Len Elmore, Dr. Anthony Scannella and Tony De Matteo were three of the speakers on the panel of the McGuire Foundation’s Annual Coaching Seminar. Photo by the McGuire Foundation.Len Elmore, Dr. Anthony Scannella and Tony De Matteo were three of the speakers on the panel of the McGuire Foundation’s Annual Coaching Seminar. Photo by the McGuire Foundation.

By Elio Velez

The McGuire Foundation held their fourth annual seminar for coaches at the Theater in Madison Square Garden earlier this month. The Foundation welcomed coaches from all sports throughout the city and the state to discuss topics that ranged from motivation, hazing and sportsmanship.

High school coaches such as Bishop Kearney’s Cathy Corckett, Mary Louis’ Joseph Lewinger and Murry Bergtraum’s Ed Grezinsky, USA today’s High School Coach of the Year, were on hand for the event.

MSG Sportsdesk and High School Sports Weekly’s Mike Quick hosted the forum. Speakers such as CBS/ESPN broadcaster Len Elmore, WFAN’s Rick Wolff and longtime head football coach Tony De Matteo spoke on topics that involve AAU, Little League and high school athletes.

New York Knicks President Isiah Thomas spoke to the audience and related his experiences on how coaches such as Bob Knight and Chuck Daly helped to shape his Hall of Fame playing career. "They were great influences on me. I had powerful people in my life that kept me on the right track," Thomas said.

Thomas believes that coaches must play an integral part in all aspect of a young athlete.

"You’re building the foundation for kids by imparting positive information that the kid will remember."

The Foundation honors the memory of Frank McGuire, a legendary basketball Hall of Famer that coached at St. John’s, North Carolina and South Carolina. It recognizes coaches who devote dedicate their time to mentoring young student-athletes. For more information about the program, call 718-762-7444.


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