U of L coaches motivate seventh-grade classes

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By John Foster

University of Louisville football coach Steve Kragthorpe and men’s soccer coach Ken Lolla spoke to the seventh grade boys at North Oldham Middle School Friday. The coaches encouraged the students to set high goals, to write them down and to work hard at attaining those goals.

“There’s a lot of people who want to be successful,”  Kragthorpe said. “There aren’t many who are willing to get off the couch and do what it takes to be  successful.” They also emphasized the power of books. “You can learn in a day, a week, a month — however long it takes — what it took the writer 40 or 50 years to find out,” Lolla said. Principal Robb Smith said he hopes the speakers were a motivation for students at an age when there are a lot of distractions. Writing portfolio results show that NOMS eighth grade boys have a significant gap from girls. He hopes the motivation from Friday’s event does something to narrow that gap. Parent Bill Ball organized the event.Of course parents and teachers are the primary motivators in a student’s life,  he said, but a little reinforcement from a public figure sure helps. “If you hear that positive message on a repetitive basis, the impact is enormous,”  he said.