Bridgeman talks sports and characterBy ANDY RUSSELL
What is character? Webster’s Dictionary defines character as the moral or ethical quality of a person, qualities of honesty, courage or the like. Junior Bridgeman, former University of Louisville basketball standout and NBA veteran, would define character a bit differently than most, “character is who you are when no one is watching.” Junior put these important and heavy words on the hearts of many last Wednesday in the Chapel as the second speaker in the “Champions of Character” lecture series with Scholar in Residence Billy Reed. Mr. Reed started this lecture series with C.M. Newton and is bringing many more prominent sports figures to campus to achieve his overall goal: brings ethics and moral character back to the game we all love.
Junior Bridgeman started playing basketball at Louisville back in the mid-70’s and had an outstanding career there as a three-year starter. He went on to be selected in the first round of the 1975 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, but was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for a player most of you have probably heard of: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He then went on to spend ten great seasons in the NBA, most of them with the Bucks and was one of the most valuable sixth men the NBA had at the time. He ended up having his jersey retired by the Bucks and holds the record for most games played in a Bucks uniform.
Here, Junior begins to standout from other NBA stars in the single fact that he prepared for life after basketball. Most professional athletes don’t plan for anything after they are done with their professional sport. They just sit back and hope their money lasts. In today’s era this is much easier to do because players are getting paid millions of dollars more than they were in the 70’s. In fact, the average player in the NBA made about $45,000. Junior was more than an average player, so he probably made more than that, but the point still stands that money was tighter then than now. Junior didn’t want to sit on his accomplishments because, in his own words, “if you look back on your life and you haven’t helped anyone, then what have you really done?”
Junior serves in many prominent roles today, his biggest being his company, Bridgeman Foods Inc. His company operates 153 Wendy’s around the country. His two biggest markets are in Milwaukee, 38 stores and Fort Myers, Florida with 20. His company has received many national awards and many Wendy’s International Awards such as; The Diamond Award (most effective neighborhood marketer), Wendy Award (exemplary performance by a franchise), the Founder’s Award (recognizing operational excellence by a franchise), the Jim Near Legacy Award (employer of choice) and most recently Bridgeman Foods received the Hall of Fame Award for overall achievement.
Junior has also received many individual awards in the world of business. He has received the Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame award, Volunteers of America award, Tribute Award for Outstanding Service to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Coach Wooden Key to Life award and many others. In an interview with Center Stage Magazine, Junior summed up his business method with a single sentence: “You have to be willing to lose everything you have and get up and start all over the next day.” During his speech Junior talked about perseverance, ethics and character, all of which he exemplified on a daily basis over the course of his time in the NBA and his business ventures.
This was just the second part in the ongoing series, “Conversations with Champions” and there is still much more to come with Billy Reed. “My goal is to bring in highly accomplished individuals from the sports world to talk about the important role that character and integrity have played in all aspects of their lives. It’s one thing to talk about character and integrity in theory, but quite another to hear about it from people who reached the top of their chosen sports at least partly because they stayed true to their values and always did the right thing instead of the selfish thing.” Billy Reed is dedicated to the world and sports and wants to show this passion through this series.
Next in the series is International swimming great Mary T. Meagher on Nov. 10. Future guests include Jim Host, Chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority, NBC announcer Tom Hammond, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden and many other distinguished guests. This series is one that any sports lover will not want to miss.
GC bests KCU 52-12By ANDY RUSSELL
What does a coach ask for after three big wins? He asks for a fourth win and the GC football team did just that. On Sept. 30, they beat Kentucky Christian University 52-12 which improved their record to .500 at 2-2. The next week they beat Campbellsville University 52-21, which put them in control of the MSC East division. The next game, against Pikeville College, is the game that really put them on top of the division. They withstood a barrage of offense from Pikeville and came out on to 70-58. This past weekend’s game put them in firm control of the East and set them on a course for success. Although the game wouldn’t be an easy one, on the road against West Virginia Tech, they knew they could win the game with a good offensive performance and a heavy dose of blitzing and scheming on defense. The game plan went perfectly and the Tigers came out on top 52-16.
The key to the game was the defensive performance on the nation’s leading receiver Kashif Walls. They held him to seven catches for 165 yards receiving and a single touchdown on Saturday, both pretty good numbers for the GC defense. Overall the GC defense was able to hold West Virginia to 320 yards on offense and they were only able to run 51 plays. The defense was also able to force two turnovers, one interception and one fumble and they also forced West Virginia into two fourth down conversions, neither of which they converted. As good as the defense played, the offense was able to do them one better.
The offense totaled 628 yards, 435 of which were through the air. They gained 193 yards on the ground and averaged 4.1 yards per carry. The key to stopping West Virginia’s potent offense was keeping them off the field and that was another key to victory for GC. GC dominated the time of possession, 40:08 to 19:19 which kept Walls off the field for West Virginia. GC doubled West Virginia in time of possession in every quarter except the third, which West Virginia won 8:14 to 6:46.
Kaelin Ammons led the air attack for GC and has been playing great as of late. He has played so good lately that he earned MSC offensive player of the week this past week. He racked up 353 yards and six touchdowns through the air on Saturday and it was his fourth straight stellar performance. The running was done by committee, as it has been most of the season. Logan Osborne and Bennett Gatto each had seven carries for 44 and 39 yards, respectively. Gatto tallied the only touchdown on the ground for the Tigers. Junior receiver Rob Madon had a huge day for the Tigers as he had four catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
SENIOR ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: ADRIENNE BARTLETTBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Part of a liberal arts education is being able to take classes in many different disciplines and still get a full co-curricular experience through playing sports and being a part of campus clubs or organizations. Senior Adrienne Bartlett has done all this and more at her time at Georgetown. Not only is she a double major in French and English, but she also plays tennis and runs cross country and works in the Writing Center on campus. How does she make time for it all? Through learning time management skills.
“I do definitely still procrastinate a bit, which has resulted in a few sleepless nights, but I love everything I’m doing and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Adrienne said that both the potential to study abroad at Oxford through the unique partnership Georgetown has with Regents Park College and the ability to continue playing tennis at the college level contributed to her picking GC as her four year home-away-fromhome.
When asked about her experiences at Georgetown, she said, “I am so incredibly lucky to be a member of two really, really close (family-like) sports teams here at Georgetown, and my favorite experiences have been with them–whether that be going to Orlando, Fla. during spring break with the tennis team for the past three years or road trips with the cross-country team to out-of-state meets (like the Southeast Classic in Rome, Georgia this past weekend!).
“My teammates are truly amazing people, and I have the utmost respect and admiration for them. I also have Georgetown College to thank for one of the best experiences of my life thus far – studying at Oxford for the fall semester of my junior year.”
Not only has this Louisville native been able to study abroad at Oxford, she was also chosen as one of 16 students to study abroad with the Harvard Summer School in Paris, France this summer. Fourteen students were from Harvard, one was from Vassar and Adrienne went as the sole representative from Georgetown College, a major accomplishment. The class was called “Paris and Its Revolutions.
“It was a phenomenal experience— I got to live with a host family in the tenth arrondissement (neighborhood) in Paris. Paris’s 20 neighborhoods/arrondissements spiral outward from the very center, and much of the course was centered upon our exploration of these quarters, one at a time.” She was also able to see the red clay at the Roland Garros tennis stadium where the French Open is played and the last leg of the Tour de France. She plans to continue studying foreign language after college and eventually enroll in diplomacy school.
When she’s not immersing herself in other cultures, Adrienne can be found running or on the tennis courts. She has had several accomplishments playing tennis including making it to finals in the Fall Regional Tennis Championships this year with doubles partner sophomore Haleigh Fellows. This marks the second time she has made it to finals in that championship, also going in 2008 with former partner Emily Kerrick. She has been the recipient of an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention for tennis, was named Academic All-MSC (Mid-South Conference) for both cross-country and tennis, was picked for the Mid-South All-Conference Singles and Doubles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and was named Academic All-MSC for both cross-country and tennis.
Adrienne has a very interesting story about tennis that has shaped the way she plays today: “At the very first tennis clinic that I attended, the tennis coaches asked all of the kids to gather in a circle and raise the hand that they wrote with (to identify their dominant hands); I was really young and was admittedly not paying ANY attention, and all of a sudden, I saw all of the kids around me raising their hands in the air. So I raised my left hand. The coaches thought that I was lefty, and from that day onward, I was taught to play tennis left-handed – even though I’m actually right-handed. So essentially, the fact that I’m a lefty when I play tennis was all a big mistake! It’s turned out to be a great advantage though – lefty spin on serves and such is a pretty nice touch to have!”
When it comes to being active on campus, Adrienne does more than just play sports and work in the Writing Center. She is also Co-Vice President of Pi Delta Phi (the French Honor Society), and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi.
Her advice to underclassmen is “to try everything. I feel as if there is so much societal pressure at the moment to choose what you are going to do with your life or decide who you are going to be before you even graduate high school. College, especially a liberal arts college, is your opporunity to try out all types of activities and studies and decide what you like or don’t like.”