Winning with Class – Building Attitudes… Saving Lives…
The Winning with Class book will be a collection of stories and features on people who display some or all of the underlying notions of the phrase Winning with Class. Notions such as Drive, Discipline, Determination, Work Ethic, Character, Humility, Respect, Integrity, and more will all be displayed through the unique stories of the book’s features, each of whom has been interviewed exclusively for Winning with Class. The book is for athletes, coaches, parents, administrators, and anybody who is looking to create a strong attitude foundation within themselves.
25% percent of the author’s proceeds from Winning with Class will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand foundation which assists pediatric facilities across the country in their fight against childhood cancer (www.alexslemonade.org).
What They’re Saying….
(Sir Keith Mills discusses the Invictus Games with Prince Harry)
“I can’t think of anyone ‘Winning with Class’ represents better than Invictus Games competitors – the men and women who refuse to be defined by their injuries and are making the most of having a second chance at life. This book shares many of the same values which the Games stand for and I’m sure that people from all walks of life will benefit from reading it.”
Sir Keith Mills GBE
Chairman of the Invictus Games Foundation. Former deputy chairman of the London Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Founder of Air Miles International and former Chairman of Loyalty Management Group Ltd, the company which owns and manages the Nectar programme. A founder and director of the British America’s Cup team, Land Rover BAR. Chairman of The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, the charitable sport for development Sported Foundation, and the America’s Cup charity, the 1851 Trust.
“There’s no shortage of studies on human behavior, positive psychology, and our willingness to put it all on the line for leaders and teams we deeply and personally believe in. In “Winning with Class” it’s so clear that there’s a connection between achievement at the highest level and continually pushing yourself to bring your best self, attitude, and effort to the front of all interactions. No matter your age or goals, this book is a must read for any one ready to reinforce and learn, through exceptional examples, the importance of expressing gratitude and acknowledgement in every aspect of your life.”
Expert on Leadership & Defeating Doubt, Award-Winning CNN Commentator, Best-Selling Author, and Motivational Powerhouse
“Winning with Class is important in any aspect in life! This book teaches so many valuable life lessons through the eyes of some truly remarkable people. ‘Winning with Class’ puts a remarkable emphasis on the importance of attitude. Waking up every day with the right mindset gives you an advantage over your competition. This book is a tremendous read for people who want to live a “full” life.”
Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Wake Forest University
“So often, parents and coaches talk about positive attitudes and character in sports, but do not put those beliefs into practice when big moments are on the line. Winning with Class is full of examples of what it means to REALLY win, not just in sports, but as people. It makes you want to be a better person!”
Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Most proud of her title of “Mom” to her three sons, (Patrick, Eddie, and Joey) and her daughter Alex, founder of the Foundation (to be featured in Winning with Class). www.alexslemonade.org.
“Years ago, I coined the saying, “The harder you practice, the luckier you get.” In golf, a person may compete in thousands of tournaments during their career, but only win a mere fraction. However, they still can be considered an all-time great. The most successful sportsmen and sportswomen know how to handle defeat and respond to adversity. There is always the next competition. Putting yourself in a position to be successful takes hard work, dedication and knowing in your heart you gave your best effort. ‘Winning with Class’ exemplifies what all athletes should strive to achieve. Your attitude is the most valuable asset you possess. Wake up every morning and say thank you for the opportunity you have been given.”
Gary Player, The Black Knight
Gary Player has won 167 professional golf tournaments worldwide and is one of only five men to capture golf’s coveted career Grand Slam. He won nine Major championships on the PGA Tour and nine Major championships on the Senior Tour, and is the only player in history to complete the career Grand Slam on both Tours. Off the course, Player has raised more than $62 million for underprivileged children’s education globally through the efforts of The Player Foundation and the Gary Player Invitational series in South Africa, China, USA, UK, UAE, and Japan; he has designed nearly 400 golf courses worldwide; he has bred more than 2000 winning racehorses on the Gary Player Stud Farm in the Karoo of South Africa; and in recognition of his achievements in golf as well as his dedication to charity, Player has received numerous awards including the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award and the PGA Tour’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He currently serves as the Global Ambassador to the World Golf Hall of Fame and has been dubbed the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness, and The World’s Most Traveled Athlete™ having travelled more than 26 million kilometers. He recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of his career Grand Slam achievement and his 80th birthday. In 2016, he will captain the South African Olympic Golf Team in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
For more information on the Black Knight visit www.garyplayer.com
“Winning with Class shares valuable lessons from high-achieving people who have reached the pinnacle of success in their respective field. The principles shared in this book are absolutely necessary in order to have sustained success. This book helps individuals build a strong foundation for sports and life. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to be their best self.”
ESPN Rise Player of the Decade (2000s), 2-time Olympic Gold Medalist, NCAA National Champion Captain (UNC, 2005, 2006), Former College Player of the Year, Camp Director – Lindsay Tarpley Soccer Camps, Motivational Speaker
“Success leaves clues. What William Macbeth gifts to each of us in “Winning with Class” are timeless, well-grounded and commonsensical exemplars for living extraordinary lives of passion, purpose, satisfaction and full self-expression. May we all come to learn that we, too, are the heroes of our own individual journeys, questing to find the power and wisdom to serve others like those depicted in this finely-crafted book.”
Jake Clark, President and Founder, Save A Warrior
Ronald “Jake” Clark is a US Army veteran of the Cold War era (‘83 – ‘88). During a break in military service, Jake served with the U.S. Secret Service, the Los Angeles Police Department and as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Following the events of 9/11, he reenlisted, completed Officer Candidate School and served multiple Peacekeeping tours to the former Yugoslavia where he bore witness to the aftermath of genocidal atrocities, greatly affecting his worldview. While an MBA candidate at Pepperdine University, he interrupted his studies to create Malibu-based Save A Warrior™. His novel approach in the area of Warrior reintegration, and PTS-related suicide prevention, is the subject of two feature-length documentary films, and has inspired the creation of a dozen associated spinoff resiliency programs, with satellites in Canada and Australia. In 2015, he received a WebMD Health Hero Award for veteran advocacy.
“As a former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer and world climber, including a solo summit of Mount Everest, I attribute much of my ability and attitude to my childhood playing soccer and other organized sports. Teaching our children ethics, character and integrity through sports is vital for establishing a solid foundation for future success. Winning with Class exemplifies the proven tools required to unlock and elevate our game, while prioritizing the values that truly matter in the long run. Add this book to your must-read list today!”
Mount Everest Solo Summiteer / Survivor, Author of Blind Descent, Motivational Speaker, Former US Navy Air Rescue Swimmer / Combat Search and Rescue
“Winning with Class is a tremendous book that as a coach I highly recommend to Educators (Coaches of all level, teachers, administrators etc.). Teaching kids how to compete and most importantly how Winning with Class has to be a priority. As a coach I have always tried to create “Living Trophies” with my student/athletes. A huge part of their character development are the values that are being taught in this book. This is a must read.”
Assistant Basketball Coach Georgetown University, 3-time USA Basketball Coach (U-16, U-17, Nike/USA Basketball Hoop Summit), 26 years of coaching experience, International speaker
Denis and family receiving gift for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundationfrom Fordham University as part of the Winning with Class MISSION to fight childhood cancer.
“It’s been said that – in life – you take the good with the bad. In sports, we are taught that losing comes with winning. “Winning with Class” brings to life and personifies through individual stories, the tremendous courage shown by those who when faced with extreme adversity and incredible tragedy, chose to seek the good which – in their minds – must come from bad. “Character. Humility. Drive.” These stories reveal all of these qualities, among others, in many forms and are described in detail in this book by those who chose to make a difference.”
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Hero Ambassador family member. Father of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Hero Bridget Smith – childhood cancer fighter and survivor.
“Youth sports is the conduit through which children learn important life lessons, values, compassion and good ethics. It is that relationship between sports skills and life skills that provide our young athletes with the fundamentals they need to succeed both on and off the playing field. Winning with Class is a coaching manual for life’s journeys filled with dedicated mentors who will positively influence athletes to maintain a high standard of character and responsibility in all aspects of their lives… as an individual, as a member of a team, and for the betterment of safer, more wholesome society.”
Sally S. Johnson
Executive Director, National Council of Youth Sports. The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) membership serves more than 60-million registered participants in organized youth sports programs. The NCYS is well-known for advocacy in promoting safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities. Together we are a powerhouse of positive influence for the amateur youth sports industry and for a safer, more wholesome society.
“Winning with Class” is a must for your empowerment toolbox. We have been blessed and humbled that we have obtained such great success both nationally and internationally in the sports entertainment industry while coaching the game of basketball at the highest levels. A priority for us is to surround ourselves with individuals who have High Character, are Humble, have Integrity, and no hidden agendas. We seek selfless individuals who put the Team first. There is a common theme to those who find Success in Sports and in Life. These principles are within the contents of this well written book. I feel it is imperative for you to have this book in your library and refer to it on your journey to Success.”
Successful National and International Basketball Coach with FIBA Championship experience.
An accumulated 756 Win % in over 15 years as a Head Coach in countries as Luxembourg, Sweden, Austria, Puerto Rico, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, China, Venezuela and the United States.
“Winning with Class, a book written by William Macbeth, features many of our well-loved and successful athletes. I believe that winning with class, and understanding the concept, is something that will have an impact in all areas of our life. Everyone aspires to be a winner in their own field, but it is how we achieve success that is key. Many important life lessons are learned from participating in sport and it is necessary that we instil the right values and attitudes in our young people when participating in sport. This will help to equip them not only for success, but also failure. It is how we teach children to react not only to success but also failure that will create future citizens who understand and respect the true values required for a healthy and happy society.”
Founder and Chief Executive of Scottish Women in Sport, a charity launched in 2013 with a vision for a Scotland where females of all ages, abilities, ethnicities and walks of life are participating in sport or physical activity (http://www.scottishwomeninsport.co.uk/).
“I absolutely love the concept of Winning with Class. The coaches and athletes featured in this book are some of the people I admire most in athletics. It is a reminder that sports and athletics are most valuable as a means to learn life lessons, as well as develop character, relationships and values that improve the quality of our lives. The people profiled in this book are a testament to this ideal.”
Carlos M. Somoano
Head Men’s Soccer Coach, University of North Carolina, currently No. 1 among active coaches in winning percentage
“The book “Winning with Class” inspires better living and promotes a positive mentality to win with people. It is a must read for those of us who want to win with people, and win in life.”
Head Coach Archbishop Mitty High School Girls Basketball – 6-time California State Champs,
U16 & U17 Head Coach USA Basketball – Two Gold Medals – World Champs 2014
“Winning with Class is important at any level in any sport. In every game, there are two sides that will have opposite feelings when the clock hits zero. If you are fortunate enough to be on the positive side of the score, it is necessary to put yourself in the shoes of your competitor as quickly as possible so your joy or celebration doesn’t go overboard. Emotions run high, and everyone wants to win, and how you handle the winning goes a long way to teaching your players, your fans, your coaches and your program that there is a right way, and unfortunately a wrong way, to handle success. Remember, the world is always rotating and one day you may be on top, but in the blink of an eye you could find yourself at the bottom, and those same folks who you treated with class when you were winning will more than likely do the same out of respect. If your competitor doesn’t show class, it is imperative that you rise to an even higher level no matter how bad it hurts, because in the end, there are life lessons that are being taught whether you realize or not. Winning with Class can help anyone in a competitive environment understand the importance of not only being conscious and respectful of their opponents’ feelings, but how learning this trait can translate into positive everyday life skills.”
Brian Robinson has been a high school coach in North Carolina for twenty-two years. He holds the record for the most consecutive state championships in a row, at nine, for any gender or classification in North Carolina. That mark ranks second all-time nationally. “Coach R” was recognized as one of the one hundred high school coaches to remember in the history of North Carolina in any sport, has won two gold medals as an assistant coach with USA Basketball’s U16 and U17 teams in 2013 and 2014, and is the Chair of the WBCA Girls High School All-American Team Selection Committee.
“As the saying goes, “Attitude is everything!” Hard work, dedication are very important…the most important, but your attitude is everything on game day! Knowing you are the best, believing you are the best and loving your sport are all part of this beautiful world of competition. I have had periods of my athletic career where I questioned myself and my ability. I put my fear of losing over my desire to win. That is a very vulnerable position. I didn’t like it all. I couldn’t “get out of my head”. But then, confidence shifted and belief was above all. That is a powerful moment for any athlete. Understanding how you win helps you appreciate those moments …even when you are not in the number one spot. As I tell my kids, it is awesome to be competitive, and to love winning, but it is not ok to be so into your own reaction that you miss the moment. Win with grace, loose with class…any emotion after that, by yourself or with friends and family is all your own! Winning with Class is a must read for anybody who is trying to better themselves!”
Summer Sanders loves living an imperfect life and the balancing act of athletics, carpool, and being in front of the camera. Mom to Skye (7) and Spider (5), this 1992 Olympic Champion says motherhood is her biggest accomplishment. Known for her roles as host and co-host of shows such as “NBA Inside Stuff” and Nickelodeon’s “Figure It Out”, she is currently filming new projects with her production company Black Line Media. Sanders is also a health and fitness advocate, producing articles, tips and workouts for various magazines; she is an active Right to Play Ambassador.
“One of my guiding principles as a coach is ‘am I honoring a game that has given me a life?’ This book is all about how any athlete can truly honor the game, and absorb all the lessons sport can teach that last far beyond the court, the field and the rink. Sport is not simply about winning; it is about competing, and is part of the development of an entire person, on and off the field. If this is what you want for your athletes, Winning with Class will be your blueprint.”
John O’Sullivan, Founder of the Changing the Game Project (http://changingthegameproject.com/) Author, ‘Changing the Game: The Parent’s Guide to Raising Happy, High-Performing Athletes and Giving Youth Sports Back to Our Kids.’
“William has hit a home run! This gem will truly inspire your greatness within. I recommend it highly.”
Greg S. Reid
Best Selling Author, including Stickability and the Think and Grow Rich series, Acclaimed Speaker, Film Maker and Founder of Millionaire Mentor and Secret Knock!
“Having the opportunity to coach the top U16 and U17 basketball players, I know how important it is to a team’s culture to develop a winning attitude. This book – Winning with Class – is a must read by coaches and educators at all levels to develop the proper character development.”
Don Showalter –
USA Basketball, U16-U17 National Team Coach
“The principles of success are very similar, whether those apply to the military, the work place, athletics or family life. Discipline, work ethic, respect, passion, commitment and a strong character and positive attitude enhance anyone`s chances to be successful. The book “Winning with Class” illustrates those qualities by the stories of these exceptionally gifted people featured in the book. In achieving success there are no shortcuts, I highly recommend reading this book. It can serve as a guide and inspiration allowing you to reach your goals in life.”
Head Men’s Soccer Coach
“Winning with Class” features great athletes and coaches who have achieved tremendous success on the field or on the court. Their stories are powerful because of the messages they present. We all need to listen to learn. “Winning with Class” provides an opportunity to listen and grow. In dealing with the highs and lows that every day life brings all of us, we need a guiding light. The insights and thought provoking ideas presented in “Winning with Class” will steer you through by “lighting” your way.”
Head Basketball Coach
Saint Joseph’s University
“Winning WITHOUT class is simply NOT winning! That’s why WINNING with CLASS is a must read for coaches, players and parents as the essence of competition and the definition of winning have become lost and forgotten in today’s hyper competitive world. Competition is the measurement of the person. It is an expression of who you are. Your preparation, your execution and your character are revealed. The life lessons from playing sports translate to who you are and who you become. In this book, you will be reminded of the core values, beliefs and attitudes that we all strive to have and be inspired to move positively in the direction of being the best person you are capable of becoming. In life, we reap what we sow, the seeds planted in WINNING with CLASS, are powerful reminders that we need to be mindful that we control the seeds that we plant in ourselves!”
Head Men’s Soccer Coach
University of Maryland