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Brad Stevens: Sports Can Teach Kids The World Is Bigger Than They Are

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Brad Stevens (@BCCoachStevens), is the President of Basketball Operations for the Boston Celtics (@Celtics) and a PCA National Advisory Board Member. Stevens was the Head Coach of the Celtics until 2021. Stevens is most famous for his calm coaching style and demeanor on the sidelines. He is known for getting the most out of his players and led the Celtics to multiple Eastern Conference Finals appearances as the coach. Before joining the Celtics, Stevens rose to prominence as coach of the Butler University basketball team that he led to consecutive NCAA title game appearances.

Stevens believes one of the best life lessons children can learnfrom sports is that the “world is bigger than you.” Sports can be used as a powerful tool for making kids understand that the world does not revolve around them. Coaches can help temper egos as a step toward developing character in youth athletes. According to Stevens the best message for kids playing sports is the game is not about your own success but rather being a positive influence on your teammates and demonstrating sportsmanship win or lose.