I first learned about Coach Don Meyer when I saw his acceptance speech for the Jim Valvano ESPY award he received. I watched it and it brought both tears and laughter to me. I was riveted to him and his every word. I grew up in the Bronx, New York, and was an underachieving athlete as a kid. My son played a lot of basketball in his life, from the time he was 10, all the way through high school and college. I understand the importance of coaches, and the fact that basketball is not really about basketball. The lessons can be profound and life lasting. Leaders like Coach Meyer are rare; great teachers are rare. I am an artist and a Professor of Art in New York City. I played that acceptance speech to many of my classes over the years because I know it contains important lessons. Watching Coach Meyer never fails to inspire me and bring tears to my eyes. I emailed Coach Meyer a couple of times, thanking him and wishing him good health, and he responded extremely quickly with gratitude and humility. Coach Meyer, thank you for teaching us all, inspiring us all and, most importantly, leading us by your extraordinary example. Enjoy your time in heaven.
– Glenn Goldberg