FanPost

My learning as a tutor for Purdue AD

Between 91 and 93 I was a math tutor for the Purdue AD. It was great. I had a chance to meet some wonderful people and see firsthand the differences and pressures of being a student athlete at the different sports. Before get to the point of this post, let me tell you of some the MBB players I meet.

Kenny Williams. What a wonderful person! I got to know him the best on the basketball team. He overcame a lot of challenges in life to be successful at college. If anyone knows where he is at today, I would like to know so I can reach out to him.

Zo: Excellent Leader. He got along with everyone. We should give Zo’s daughters BB scholarships now.

Glenn: The hardest working person I ever met in my life! Period. If I worked as he did in college, I would be a CEO today. BTW, when he needed help understanding something from a class he was taking, he would ask and get his work done.

Todd Foster: He grew up on a farm in a small town IL, and everyone teased him about it. But Todd was the best teammate. He always did what was best for his friends and for the team.

Coach Webber led the study tables. Very honest, direct (I think this is where Painter learned to be direct from) and I felt he had the best interests of the student in mind for the long term. I have much respect for Webber.

I only met Painter one time, and I did not meet Keady.

The point of my story: with the exception of one individual, everyone I meet on the team during that time was really class acts. Yet, sometimes as fans we didn’t treat them that way. One time while having the Larry Clispe call-in show on, a loyal Purdue fan called and said the Corny McNary's offense was horrible and he was not a Big Ten caliper center. I was sitting right next to Corny when this happened. Corny was always very critical of himself. I didn’t think this comment was helpful to his confidence or his game. Not only was he very angry for the rest of the night, but I think he thought about it for a long time after.

I have been guilty of making some posts that have not been completely supportive. But I got a good feeling about winning this O$U game. For the remainder of the season, let’s truly get behind and support our players. As fans of Purdue and of these young adults, let’s do what we can to build their confidence and leave the negitivety behind. Go Boilers!

Stuff in the FanPosts is entirely at the discretion of those that post them. They do not represent the views of Hammer & Rails, SBNation, or Purdue University in any way.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Join Hammer and Rails

You must be a member of Hammer and Rails to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Hammer and Rails. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker