Sports Feel Good Stories
SportsFeelGoodStories.com was launched on Groundhog’s Day (Feb. 2), 2009 by Mike O’Halloran.
Inspired by the response of his Eagan basketball team’s players and parents to a link of a Jason McElwain video he had sent, O’Halloran set out to find more stories like it. He found many inspiring stories that made you feel good – the type that attracted many of us to sports in the first place. The idea for the site was born.
Initially concerned that there might not be enough content to keep the site fresh, O’Halloran soon learned that to the contrary, he would have a hard time doing justice to all of the inspirational sports stories available.
The Sports Feel Good Stories’ mission was established:
“Showcase inspirational sports stories that focus on good deeds, overcoming obstacles and sportsmanship.”
Editorially, the site covers various sports ranging from little leagues to the major leagues. The type of content includes:
- Aggregated sports stories: Frequently these stories are submitted by readers or discovered on the Internet. Nearly always, these stories include a video for added interest. Please contact us to alert us to feel-good stories you think might be of interest.
- Features, reviews and interviews: Read about the Hampton Inn Hotshots and the Wrigley Rooftop Experience review. See basketball coach Brad Stevens’ interview and coaching legend Don Meyer’s interview.
- Excerpts from sports books: Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape and SATCHEL: The Life and Times of an American Legend by Larry Tye are two examples.
Sports Feel Good Stories Quest: Inspire someone today
In addition to hopefully entertaining and inspiring you, we hope that you’ll share these stories with others. Some opportunities:
- Coaches sharing with players. Smart professional and volunteer coaches alike are always on the lookout for ways to motivate their teams.
- Business leaders sharing with their teams. Managers of people are frequently put in a position of trying to inspire a large group of people. PowerPoint presentations and numeric goals will take you so far, but sometimes a well-told story will do more to capture people’s attention and hearts. When Michael Phelps won the Olympic race by a fraction of a second, I’m guessing many a sales manager reminded their team about the importance of closing out a month strong. Watch how Jack Canfield uses the “Cliff Young – Farmer who inspired a nation” story to make his point.
- Teachers sharing with students. A well-told story that is heard by the audience at the right time can have a lasting impact.
- Parents sharing with their kids. Sports provide the opportunity to learn some life lessons like the value of hard work, the importance of taking some risks, and the power and magic of teamwork.
- Friends sharing with friends. Who doesn’t love a great story?
Modeling great actions
Through the years, we’ve observed that positive behavior in sports is often repeated by others who hear of the stories (here’s one example in softball). Can even more great moments in sports come about tomorrow by sharing inspiring stories today? We think so.
About Mike O’Halloran
Mike O’Halloran is the founder of Sports Feel Good Stories. Married with 4 daughters, he has coached youth sports teams for 15 years. Through his company, Michael & Gabriel, he offers strategic marketing planning and execution, online marketing and new product consulting services to clients. O’Halloran’s background includes working as President of Magnetic Poetry, a gift and toy company, noted for its ubiquitous word magnets seen on refrigerator doors. He was also Director of Marketing for The Learning Company, an educational software company where Shark Tank’s Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary was President. The company’s offerings included school favorites like The Oregon Trail and Reader Rabbit.
- Layups and Life Lessons: 101 Coaching Tips for Youth Basketball,
- Never Forget They’re Kids — Ideas for Coaching your Daughter’s 4th - 8th Grade Basketball Team,
- Youth Basketball Practice Plans, and
- Smart Attack line of sports trivia games.
He recently founded:
- Greeting Card Poet.com - A resource of ideas for what to write on greeting cards for special occasions. Don’t know what romantic message to pen your Valentine? Struggling with what to say when the neighbor’s kid graduates? Do you need the right words for a sympathy card? Check out the Greeting Card Poet – never be at a loss for words.
Please contact Mike for any site inquiries. Thanks.
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