On April 14th, 1926 God gave us a gift — and what an incredible gift it was.
Other than our parents, Coach Gordie Gillespie may have been the most important and the most influential person in the lives of the 4 to 5,000 athletes who played for him. No one will ever figure out how he made so many athletes feel like he was their second father.
Three quotes seem to be pertinent to Gordie:
- “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.” (Helen Walton)
- “Preach the gospel; if necessary, use words.” (St. Francis of Assisi)
- “There is no such thing as an ending; only a place where you leave the story.” (Maggie Smith)
Gordie was not interested in what he might gather. He was interested in the goodness, the love, and the values he scattered to all those who crossed his path.