Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Where Traci's Cancer, My Past, and Our Ministry Collide

They will collide at an event called “Beyond Winning” on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the Gwinnett Marriott Hotel in Duluth, GA, and we are inviting you to be there.  Here’s why we say they will collide that day.


From 7th grade on, I had only three basketball coaches.  They were Dana Davis, Tim Vick, and Don Meyer.  Other than my father, these three men left their mark on me more so than any other men on earth.  Actually, each coach continues to serve as mentor in my life in very pronounced ways.  The last basketball coach in that triad is Coach Don Meyer.  I played for him at Lipscomb University from 1987-1992.  Much of the mantra I carry as a man, husband, father and ministry leader today are the result of what he instilled in me back then.  Be on time.  Do the next right thing right.  Say Please and Thank You.  Pick Up Trash.  None of those originated with me.  Coach Meyer is not only the winningest men’s college basketball coach in NCAA history, he is also a cancer survivor and has been a special source of encouragement to Traci the last 7 months of her journey with cancer.   Interestingly, Traci has never met Coach Meyer before.  That will happen soon enough though.  I’m extremely excited for these two people of strength and faith to finally be introduced to each other.


Another key person in this upcoming event which is a benefit dinner for YouthReach International is ESPN’s Buster Olney.  Buster recently wrote a book about Coach Meyer.  Many of you have heard of it and/or read it.  If you have not then I encourage you pick up a copy between now and April 21 and then come to our event to meet Coach and Buster and get your book signed as well.  Buster’s sister was diagnosed with leukemia early in 2010 and continues on her road to recovery as well.  Cancer is not the cause of the gathering that night but how interesting it is that it has brought these key people together at a special time to help empower YouthReach International to care for orphans and at risk youth in Russia and Ukraine. 


Click on the link above and view the videos about Coach Meyer. One is a piece that Buster did for ESPN’s E:60 telecast and the other is Coach Meyer’s acceptance speech at the 2009 ESPY Awards.  Both will challenge you and the event on April 21 will bless you.  I promise you that.


Corporate sponsorships are still available as are individual tickets (see below) so act now to reserve your place.  This is one of those ways I wrote about recently that allows you to empower our ministry while also blessing some you may know who are dealing with illness or tragedy in life.  This is unlike any event we’ve ever done before and we so hope you are able to attend.


Thank you all for your prayers and encouragement regarding Traci’s Celebration of Life event this past Saturday night.  It was a huge success.  If you would like to view it and hear Traci’s thoughts on the journey, go to www.livestream.com/youthreach and click on the Traci Browne – Celebration of Life Event at the bottom of the page.  I’m biased but I thought she looked great and shared pearls of wisdom to all of us who were there.  Forgive the tall, dorky guy standing beside her.  He was just thrilled to be on the same stage as her.


Prayerfully consider joining us on April 21 and know that we appreciate all of your love, prayers and attention.


Gratefully yours,

Rob and Traci


Rob Browne

Director of Russian Operations



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YouthReach International invites you to join us at a benefit dinner affirming the timeless values of Coach Don Meyer, with special guest ESPN's Buster Olney, author of How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer.

Coach Don Meyer has influenced thousands of men and women in his basketball coaching career, guiding them not only in their skills on the court as a team, but also as productive members of society, thinking of others first, and joining together to become part of something bigger than themselves. In speaking of his program, Coach Meyer has been quoted, "Your program must have an overriding purpose which is clearly visible and which teaches lessons beyond winning."

This philosophy of life has impacted organizations, relationships, and families around the world. Coach Meyer's coaching philosophies have influenced the staff and Board of YouthReach International, and as a result are now being shared with Mentors and orphans throughout Ukraine and Russia.


This benefit dinner is an opportunity to share with friends, teams, customers, employees, and families the wisdom of this legendary coach. We will share a meal together, briefly hear about YouthReach International's orphan mentoring programs, and then Buster Olney will introduce Coach Don Meyer. A book signing opportunity will conclude the program.


Event Info
April 21, 2011
7:00 PM
Marriott Gwinnett Place
Duluth, GA

For tickets and more information, please visit http://www.youthreach.org/beyondwinning

Or contact us at beyondwinning@youthreach.org


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