Thursday, 21 March 2019 13:12

Act With Respect Always: The Annual Visit to Duke

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SARATOGA SPRINGS/ NORTH CAROLINA — Act With Respect Always (AWRA) is a nonprofit native to Saratoga Springs. It ’s, Coach Rich Johns’ mission behind the organization is to be a vessel to share the importance of demonstrating respect in the world of athletics.

Many have encountered Coach Johns or his organization through his of years actively coming to local schools to incorporate his eight points of respect into Saratoga classrooms, but he does sometimes venture beyond the county of Saratoga.

As we are in the midst of “March Madness,” and with NCAA tournaments kicking off, Coach Johns shares with us that one of the many talented basketball players exemplifies outstanding character beyond the court.

In a past annual visit to North Carolina, AWRA spoke at Duke University’s Freshman ACTION group. ACTION is comprised of all freshman athletes and their mentors who are on athletic scholarship. At this specific visit, Coach Johns was honored to meet the Blue Devil’s forward Zion Williamson. Williamson,
many relate back to when his Nike shoe “blew out” on the court, is considered by many, including Johns, to be one of the top college basketball players in the country.

On this fulfilling trip, in at the same ACTION group meeting where he met Williamson, Coach Johns ran into a fellow Saratoga Springs native, Blue Devil’s freshman rower Stella Haley.

“My recent trip to Duke brought excitement, and so much more understanding of our youth and the complexities of being a college student,” said Coach Johns.

Both freshmen showed an exemplary character, and what it means to act with respect, always. 
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