Posts Tagged ‘decisions’

BRP Safe Summer Speeches Set for Late July and Early August

February 6, 2015

Some three decades ago G. Van Standifer started a midnight basketball league in Prince George’s County, Maryland as a safe haven for teens and young adults. The program placed youth in a safe environment with late night basketball and mandatory education counseling, mentoring and personal development workshops.

The program started in 1986, the same year Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose. An extension of the midnight basketball exists today in Safe Summer, operated by the Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation’s Xtreme Teens program.



And the Born Ready Project, developed from the book Born Ready: The Mixed Legacy of Len Bias, is proud to announce it will be part of Safe Streets this summer. In late July and early August BRP founder Dave Ungrady will make speeches at three community centers.  The date are as follows:

July 29 – Marlow Heights Community Center, Temple Hills MD
Aug. 6 – Kentland Community Center, Landover, MD
Aug. 7 – John. E Howard Community Center, Capital Heights, MD

BRPs Safe Summer presentations mark Ungrady’s return to the Xtreme Teens program. He spoke at six recreation centers in Prince George’s County during the winter of 2014 through Xtreme Teens.


Dave Ungrady speaks to youth at the Columbia Park Recreation Center in March 2014 as part of the Xtreme Teens program.


The Safe Summer speeches are supported in part through the BRP’s Youth Leadership campaign.

For more information, contact Dave Ungrady at, 703-282-5259 and Stephen Makle of Xtreme Teens at, 301-446-3408.


Nats Manager Williams Owns a Big Decision

October 6, 2014

Sports competitions provide an environment for some of the toughest decision-making situations. And baseball managers, more than coaches or managers in other sports, face more tough decisions on a daily basis. This is due in large part to the game’s heavily unscripted format . Players and coaches are forced to react to many twists and turns that unsettle the best laid plans.

A case in point–the Nationals vs. the Giants in game 2 of the National League Division Series Saturday night. After Nats starting pitcher Jordan Zimmerman walked a batter with two outs and a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning, Nats manager Matt Williams chose to replace Zimmerman with closer Drew Storen, who quickly gave up a hit that scored the tying run. The Nats lost in 18 innings and fell two games down in the best of five series.

Williams explains the decision in this column by Mike Wise in the Washington Post. You may disagree with Williams’ reasoning–I’m sure thousands of Nats fans do not approve–but you must give Williams credit for one thing, and that is owning the decision.

Owning a decision is one of the six tools of sound decision making. It’s important to embrace a decision that went awry because there will be lessons from that decision that will help in the future. And by owning a decision, even one Williams made that led to such high levels of disappointment for so many, you earn the respect of your peers and enhance your credibility.

In the professional world, few things are more important to securing a sound legacy and an admired reputation.