Catawba Students Get Advice on Developing "Game Plan for Life"


On Thursday, October 23rd, Catawba College became the only college in the area to receive a visit from "Game Plan for Life" speakers and former NFL players Renaldo Wynn and Clinton Portis. Wynn was previously a defensive end for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the New Orleans Saints, the New York Giants, and the Washington Redskins. Portis is best known for being a running back for the Denver Broncos and then the Washington Redskins.

"Game Plan for Life" itself is based on the concepts described in the motivational book of the same name that was written by former Redskins coach and North Carolina native, Joe Gibbs. In a gathering held in the Abernethy Physical Education Center, Catawba College's Athletic Director Larry Leckonby introduced Wynn first and allowed him to explain what the organization was all about.

"Decisions dictating your destiny," he repeated a couple of times. Wynn spoke loudly in a casual but confident way, so he in short order grabbed the audience's attention. He went on to explain that decisions (good and bad) are a reflection of one's self, one's team, and one's family. He assured the students in attendance that though they cannot change unforeseen circumstances, they can change their attitude.

Wynn described his personal college experience in which he was headed down the road of failure, including the possibility of dropping out, until his wife helped him get back on track. Wynn encouraged the students of Catawba College to surround themselves with people who will lift them up, not tear them down. He also stressed the importance of keeping in mind your own influence on others.

When it came time for Portis to take the microphone, he thanked Wynn for the introduction and expanded on what his former teammate had said. He agreed that it is important to surround yourself with positive influences, but added that you also must be able to take responsibility for your own actions. He told the audience that it is okay to have a family member or team member weigh in on a decision you are trying to make, but you should leave the final decision to yourself because in the end, it is your life and your destiny you are trying to form, not theirs.

After the assembly, Leckonby arrived back on the scene to thank the two men for sharing their time and stories with us. After a huge applause for Wynn and Portis, everyone was dismissed, but many stayed behind to thank them for coming and to take photographs.

by Courtney Briscoe '16

Today's Events

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne, 5:00
Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne, 7:30


«October 2018»
October 2

Volleyball @ Wingate 0-3

October 3

Soccer (W) vs. WINGATE 2-1

Soccer (M) vs. WINGATE 1-5

October 5

Swimming Men @ Gardner-Webb 92-170

Volleyball @ Anderson 0-3

October 6

Volleyball @ Newberry 3-2

Football vs. ALBANY STATE 21-35

Soccer (M) vs. SHAW 3-0

Soccer (W) vs. SHAW 6-1

October 7

Tennis (M) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 3-4

Tennis (W) vs. BLUEFIELD ST. 7-0

October 8


October 9

Golf (W) in RENDLEMAN INV - Day 2 (CC of SALISBURY) 10th of 18

Tennis (W) vs. WINSTON-SALEM ST, ppd. 5 p.m.

Volleyball @ Coker 1-3

October 10

Soccer (W) @ Mars Hill 1-0

October 12

Cross Country Royals Challenge M-15th;W-19th

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 1) 

Volleyball vs. TUSCULUM 2-3

October 13

Swimming Women @ Converse Invite (Day 2) 1st of 5

Volleyball vs. LINCOLN MEMORIAL 0-3

Football @ Wingate 25-35

October 14

Soccer (M) vs. COKER 1-2

Soccer (W) vs. COKER 5-0

October 15

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 1 (Achasta GC)

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 1 (Mimosa Hills CC)

October 16

Golf (W) @ Noble Memorial - Day 2 (Achasta GC) 9th of 14

Golf (M) @ Donald Ross Inv. - Day 2 (Mimosa Hills CC) 9th of 14

Volleyball vs. QUEENS 2-3

October 17

Soccer (M) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 5 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Lenoir-Rhyne 7:30 p.m.

October 19

Volleyball vs. LENOIR-RHYNE 7 p.m.

October 20

Football vs. TUSCULUM 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Mars HIll 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) vs. ANDERSON 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. ANDERSON 7:30 p.m.

October 21

Golf (M) @ Matt Dyas Inv. - Day 1 (Oak Mountain GC)

October 22

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 1 (Marsh Creek CC)

Golf (M) @ Matt Dyas Inv. - Day 2 (Oak Mountain GC)

October 23

Golf (W) @ Flagler Fall Slam - Day 2 (Marsh Creek CC)

October 24

Soccer (W) vs. CHOWAN 2 p.m.

Soccer (M) vs. BELMONT ABBEY 7:30 p.m.

October 25

Tennis (M) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

Tennis (W) vs. Newberry 2 p.m.

October 26

Volleyball @ Carson-Newman 7 p.m.

October 27

Basketball (W) @ UNC Wilmington (Exhib.) noon

Football vs. LIMESTONE 1:30 p.m.

Volleyball @ Tusculum 2 p.m.

Soccer (W) @ Carson-Newman 5 p.m.

Soccer (M) @ Carson-Newman 7:30 p.m.

October 30

Basketball (M) @ Wichita St. (Exhib.)

Soccer (M) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Soccer (W) SAC Tournament (1st Round)

Volleyball vs. COKER 6:30 p.m.


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