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Wooden's Lesson: Playing on Principle

Most people know John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach, for the 10 college basketball championships (including four perfect seasons) his UCLA Bruins men's basketball team won while he was head coach from 1948 until 1975. Many people also know Coach Wooden was inducted twice into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player and as a coach. Some know Wooden was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor. Few, however, know about the event that constitutes his greatest contribution to the game of basketball.  A Caring CoachAfter college Wooden married Nell, the love of his life and the only woman he had ever dated. He taught high school English in South Bend, Indiana, and coached basketball until 1943 when he enlisted to serve in the Navy during World War II.When he returned from the war, he was offered his old job. Other returning servicemen were not, however, and so he refused the offer because he felt it was wrong for the school to deny veterans the jobs they had left to serve their coun...

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