Focus On Life Lessons For A Lasting Effect
Lon Babby, a PCA-Phoenix Board Member, is a Senior Advisor for the Phoenix Suns (@Suns). He is best known for his time as an NBA agent for some of the game's most respected sportsmen: Tim Duncan, Shane Battier, Ray Allen and others. He also spent over 35 years as an attorney, starting with the Washington Redskins, and is known today as one of the 100 most powerful people in sports.
In this video, Babby shares his takeaways from coaching his son's youth baseball team. He's proud of what he accomplished with that team, both on and off the field. He believes he managed to strike the right balance between being competitive and teaching respect. His players took away life lessons that he sees now in their adult lives (specifically his son, Ken Babby, who serves on the PCA-Cleveland Chapter Board).
Babby says seeing that pay off in their adult lives "is a joy for a coach." While the team's on-field success fueled teachable moments, and was certainly important to the parents, it was the lessons they learned that shaped them into responsible, respectful adult men.