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Stephen Bardo: Showing Players You Care Beyond The Court

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Stephen Bardo (stephenbardo.com) first gained fame as a starter on the 1988-1989 “Flyin’ Illini” team that reached the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four. Throughout the ‘90s, he played in the NBA, CBA and overseas. He currently serves as a commentator for FOX Sports 1 basketball coverage and presents his Point Guard Vision leadership training to youth and collegiate athletes.

In this clip, Stephen talks about how coaches can show their players that they care about them as people and not just athletes. One way is for a coach to arrange study halls and bring in tutors to assist those who need extra help. Even if the study hall does not result in all players completing all schoolwork for the day, the coach's effort sends a message to players that they are cared for in multiple areas beyond their athletic prowess.