John Wooden

By:Nicholas Walker

Vital Statistics

1.Born-Oct. 14, 1910, and Died-June 4, 2010

2.Middle Name: Robert

3.Full name: John Robert Wooden

4.Married his wife Nellie In 1932

5.Wooden inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1960

6.Wooden won his first national title against Duke in 1964

7.Wooden inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach in 1973, the first person to be inducted as both player and coach

8.In 1985, his wife Nellie died

Why John Wooden is Special

What makes John Wooden so special is his amazing coaching career and what he was able to accomplish in his 100-years of life. In John's life time,
he was able to win 10 NCAA National Tournaments and create his own award for other coaches to win. John was able to set a new NCAA 88 win streak record. He had an amazing ability to coach others and teach them about the game of basketball. He was famous for his quotes such as: "Make each day your masterpiece." "Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful. Be true to yourself, help others." "Make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books - especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day." All these things are all things that make John Wooden so special!

John Wooden's Affect on the world/others

John had an affect on others, coaches, players, and the world. His main affect was on coaches and players because he influenced them to be driven and work hard to strive and achieve excellence. His affect on the world probably was with his words and quotes that he would say. He would say so many different things that would influence others make to them be happy, change their life styles, and inspire others set goals and achieve them. That is how John had an affect on the world, others, players, and coaches.

Description of John Wooden (Adjectives)

-basketball coaching
-redefined way of playing

What events shaped or changed his life

John had several events in his life time, but a major one was the death of his wife. This event was very important event in his life because he was married to Nellie for a very long time, and he loved her greatly. Wooden feared death after his wife's passing. He soon realized that he would be reunited with her. John had many other events in his life such as 10 NCAA Tournament wins, being inducted to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and a coach, and his NCAA 88 win streak record. These are all things that shaped and changed John's life.

Citation of Book

Wooden, John, and Steve Jamison. The Wisdom of Wooden: My Century on and off the Court.
New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010. Print.