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Sharing Their Stories - 2018 Induction Speeches

By Rick Strunk - NCSHOF Director of Student-Athlete Program, 08/28/18, 7:45AM EDT

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“I’ve always tried to do something special with my life, and not just be average. I’ve often said that if you’re average, you are the best of the worst.”

NCSHOF inductee Bill Hayes:

 

“What you see before you is the result of a group effort.  I didn’t get here alone, and I certainly can’t take all the credit.  But life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

 

“I remember fighting against polio at an early age so that I could walk and run!

 

Fighting neighborhood gang members so that I could go to high school.

 

Fighting to make the team at NCCU.

 

Fighting to integrate high school coaching ranks in Winston-Salem.

 

Fighting to become the first African-American coach in the ACC.

 

Fighting to build a football program at Winston-Salem State University and to revive football at North Carolina A&T.

 

Fighting to give inner city boys the opportunity to become members of the Boy Scouts and attend summer camp.

 

And all of this, while fighting on all fronts, trying to be a good father for my kids.

           

“I’ve always tried to do something special with my life, and not just be average. I’ve often said that if you’re average, you are the best of the worst.”

 

 

NCSHOF inductee Bill Hayes:

 

            “Investing my energy and lifetime coaching black college student-athletes was the best investment that I could have made.

 

            “Sometimes now, when I sit and reflect on my career, I see faces, all the faces of my players—thousands of faces.  I can’t remember all the names, but I still see their faces. I have an honor roll of student-athletes who excelled on every level, from athletics to medicine and beyond.

 

            “And so, I’ve come full circle. What I have accomplished isn’t mine alone.  I share this award with those who walked before me, to help clear the way, with those who walked beside me, to make the journey a little easier, and with those who continue this journey with me tonight, sharing the thrill of being inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.”

 

            “Thank you and to God be the glory!”

 

 

NCSHOF inductee Mindy Ballou Fitzpatrick:

 

            “My parents, Betty and Ward, helped me live by one awesome motto: ‘I am not afraid of failing.  But I am scared to death of not trying.’

 

            “Everything good in life comes through effort. It is not the end result.  You may win, you may lose.  When you try, you succeed regardless of the score. Realize that everyone has ‘special’ in them. You do not have to be special all the time, but if you try special every time, special will happen!”

 

 

NCSHOF inductee Mindy Ballou Fitzpatrick:

 

            “This is about LEGACY—simple, old school legacy.  Principals and values and cultivating relationships.

 

            “It is not about me.

 

            “This IS the greatest sports moment of my life because I share it with legacy.  A life well-lived and loved through sports because of great parenting, family, teachers, coaches, friends and community.

 

            “They are the legacy.”