John Wooden passed away during the night, he was 99 years old. It’s not an unexpected event as he has been very ill for some time. Until recently, he was in pretty good shape for a man of his age, and has been out and about quite a lot, continuing to receive the honors to which he is due.
In my opinion he is the greatest basketball coach who ever lived.
For today only, this website changes theme to black. It will be back to “normal” tomorrow.
This poem / prayer by Wooden was published in Sports Illustrated last week:
The years have left their imprint on my hands and face;
Erect no longer is my walk and slower is my pace.
But there is no fear within my heart because I am growing old;
I only wish I had more time to better serve my Lord.
When I’ve gone to him in prayer he has brought me inner peace,
And soon my cares and worries and other problems cease.
He’s helped me in so many ways, he’s never let me down;
Why should I fear the future when soon I could be near his ground.
Though I know down here my time is short, there is endless time up there,
And he will forgive me and keep me forever in his love and care.