I first met Coach Meyer as a shy, awkward nine-year-old girl at one of David Lipscomb University’s summer camps. I came to camp with very little self-confidence, low self-esteem, and often wondered if my presence in this world made any sort of difference. It did not take long for Coach Meyer to not only get my attention (he demanded it), but also made me recognize the value of myself on and off the court. A man I had only known for a week believed in ME! I continued to attend summer camp as long as I could and played basketball from junior high through high school. While I didn’t earn an athletic scholarship, I continued to participate in intramural sports as I worked toward my degree in special education. Twenty-three years later, I have a Masters of Arts in Education, summa cum laude, and currently a member of a leadership academy that prepares you for the role of an administrator. I am also presenting a power point tonight that coincides with our book study. The title of the chapter is How Do You Earn Trust? Can you guess who I quoted more than once throughout the slide show? My life is better having known Don Meyer.
– Emily Parker