NEW CONCORD — Dr. James Burson, recognized speaker, former Muskingum University Basketball coach and current Nike consultant, recently shared his personal tribute to New Concord Lions Club. After 41 years as coach and teacher, over 540 victories and six OAC championships, Coach Burson retired in 2006.
Along the way he has assisted with Olympic basketball, been recognized in Sports Illustrated, served in the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and was selected as a member of Muskingum University’s Distinguished Alumni.
Since retirement, Burson has been involved in “Teach and Reach for Summer Coaches,” “Nike Coaches Learning Academy” and living his philosophy of keeping service to others his main focus.
Burson linked this to Lions Club as he summed up Lion’s “Service To Others” with his definition as the following:
Lovers — Who are always finding a way to help and show love to mankind, by
Initiating action — with every member willing to do his part and turning
Obstacles into opportunities — by sharing the work and putting forth effort to
Never stop learning — or looking deeply into the needs of others and providing
Service — which makes a statement for life.
One of those examples of “service to others” was the Lions sponsorship of the GOOD (Going on or Defeated) program for fourth graders at Larry Miller Intermediate School.
Ron Derry, motivational speaker for students, who lost his eyesight as a result of diabetes, teaches the students that “when the going gets tough, the tough choose to go on.”
This character-building program emphasizes perseverance, good attendance, listening skills, timeliness, work habits, following rules, sharing, courtesy to others, citizenship and believing in yourself.
The students are also given “hands-on” experience with talking calculators to increase their awareness of just one type of assistive device useful to people with visual impairments.
This program is both inspirational and educational to the students.
New Concord Lions continue to serve their community through Clean Up New Concord, eye glass provision, Celebrate New Concord and other local projects.
The upcoming annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show will be June 19 (Father’s Day weekend) at New Concord Elementary — Stormont Pavilion, with registration from 9 a.m. to noon, is one of the main fund-raisers which support the many New Concord Lions’ activities.
For information about Lions Club, contact Lion President Terry Requardt at (740) 844-0025 or (740) 607-8783.