Thank You Barrington Printing!

Since Even Field was founded in 2013, Barrington Printing has supported Even Field’s character education mission, donating professional print materials that have greatly assisted our organization in promoting our work. Whatever we have needed, from brochures and marketing kits, to special event flyers and business cards, this highly-respected, family-owned company has provided it to us at no cost.

Barrington Printing has […]

By | December 10th, 2015|Contributors|0 Comments

Character & Christian Laettner

Great, But Disliked

Christian Laettner.

The name evokes an immediate reaction. For many people, it is a negative one.

But, while Christian says he doesn’t care whether you like him or not, I believe he is hoping to change one thing about the way people perceive him.

ESPN’s 30-for-30 special titled I Hate Christian Laettner is another in a long line of remarkably […]

By | March 17th, 2015|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

A Missed Opportunity

The Way You Win Matters

It was a boys high school basketball game and I was sitting next to a father, whose son was playing for one of the teams. The father, who I’ll call “Jim”, was a former basketball coach at the high school and college levels.

During the first half, a player on his son’s team made a “3”. […]

By | March 8th, 2015|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Losing to Win Dishonors Youth Sports

A Corrosive Effect on Character

Two basketball teams kicked out of the high school playoffs.

Two coaches suspended for all of next season, their coaching future in doubt.

$1,500 fines for each school, their programs on probation.

All because adult egos got in the way of competing honorably.

On Saturday, a Tennessee high school girls basketball game featured Smyrna vs. Riverdale in a district […]

By | February 26th, 2015|Author: Chuck Wilson|1 Comment

Changing the Focus in Youth Sports

It was a typical cold, winter day in the northeast. Every available gym in the area featured youth basketball games, one game after another, from early morning into night.

I watched as two 5th-grade boys rec league teams, one team in blue, the other in green, took to the court. Each team had 10-players. As the game began, it quickly […]

By | February 12th, 2015|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

A Matter of Trust

For ten years, Brian Williams has been the host of NBC Nightly News. He’s been the face of the news division.

A network’s credibility on the air starts with the person sitting at the anchor desk. To be credible, you must be seen as trustworthy.

Brian Williams is in trouble. He wrongly described a 2003 event during his coverage of the […]

By | February 9th, 2015|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

‘I Would Like to Set Our Defense’?

It was Bill’s first experience coaching youth basketball. “Eye-opening” is the way he described it.

Bill is my neighbor and friend. He is the father of two young daughters who like to play basketball. So, when the rec team one of his daughters played on needed an assistant coach, Bill agreed to help out. And, when a scheduling conflict prevented […]

By | November 12th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Photos from “The Way You Play Matters”

Background

The Way You Play Matters was a forum at Mount Saint Charles Academy, hosted by Even Field founder Chuck Wilson. The presentation was broken into 3 panels featuring:

  • Coach Dave Belisle and players from the Cumberland Little League team which went to the Little League World Series in 2014.
  • Adults from Rhode Island who shared their inspiring stories from youth sports.
  • Student […]
By | November 4th, 2014|Events, Photos|0 Comments

The Way You Play Matters

A town-hall forum on Sportsmanship, Leadership, and Honorable Competition in Youth Sports
Moderated by: Chuck Wilson
Presented by: Mount Saint Charles Academy

Featuring

  • Cumberland Little League: Coach Dave Belisle and players from the Little League World Series team
  • Brigadier General Marcus Jannitto: Rhode Island Air National Guard; soccer & volleyball coach; teaches leadership at Roger Williams University
  • Michael Lunney: Assistant Executive Director of the […]
By | October 20th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

What the Sayreville Hazing Scandal Tells Us

It is a reckless and often dangerous behavior that undermines core values. It serves only to humiliate, bully, and degrade fellow human beings. Yet, hazing is a tradition that is condoned or tolerated in many group environments. It can be found in team sports, schools, fraternities, sororities, bands, clubs, and in the military. It is a practice seen worldwide.

Behavior Described […]

By | October 14th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Father John Doyle School, Coventry, RI

On October 7, 2014 Chuck Wilson spoke to parents and kids participating in the youth basketball program at the Father John Doyle School in Coventry, Rhode Island.

We enjoyed our visit with the parents and young athletes on basketball sign-up night, and came away from it with a good feeling. We talked about how to be a good teammate and […]

By | October 8th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

Reflections on my Visit to Embry-Riddle University

This past week, I headed to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida to take part in a President’s Forum on Sports Ethics. You can view the forum presentation below.

I knew little about Embry-Riddle university beyond its reputation as the top aerospace and aviation university in the world. But, I came away impressed with the university’s commitment to character.

The […]

By | September 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson, Events|0 Comments

Peer Into Character: Jim Downs, Hockomock YMCA [Part 3]


Jim Downs, VP of Operations for the Hockomock Area YMCA (MA), tells Even Field Founder Chuck Wilson the story of a young player hearing sideline advice from his dad. Downs goes on to describe the youth sports culture and the message we are sending young athletes when we narrowly focus on the outcome of the games. The conversation also […]

By | September 4th, 2014|Peer Into Character|0 Comments

Peer Into Character: Jim Downs, Hockomock YMCA [Part 2]


Jim Downs, VP of Operations for the Hockomock Area YMCA (MA), describes one of the best coaches he’s ever seen in a conversation with Even Field Founder and Executive Director Chuck Wilson. He explains the importance of positive reinforcement and getting every player involved and engaged, working to improve their skills. Downs discusses the value of having patience as […]

By | September 3rd, 2014|Peer Into Character|0 Comments

Peer Into Character: Jim Downs, Hockomock YMCA [Part 1]


Jim Downs, VP of Operations for the Hockomock Area YMCA (MA), joins Even Field Founder and Executive Director Chuck Wilson to discuss the youth sports culture and how the Win At All Costs approach has hurt youth sports. Jim talks about how to improve the youth sports environment, the importance of focusing on skill development, the value of Effort […]

By | September 2nd, 2014|Peer Into Character|0 Comments

Thank You Beverly Youth Football & Cheerleading!

We want to thank Dominic Copeland, his wife Shanin, and everyone involved with Beverly Youth Football and Cheerleading for welcoming us to your community last night. We had a wonderful evening and a great audience for our two presentations.

The dedication and commitment from the youth, parents and coaches to both the football and cheerleading programs is clear to see […]

By | August 15th, 2014|Events, Photos|0 Comments

“How” Matters

The play of the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII is a classic example of the ABC Wide World of Sports open with “The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”.

The Seahawks played their best game of the season. The Broncos played their worst.

On a scale of 1-to-10, Seattle rated a “10”. Denver rated a […]

By | February 4th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

More Than a Handshake

The photograph above shows players and coaches going through the customary postgame handshakes.

The gesture is a simple one. Most athletes don’t put much thought into it. Their minds more likely are on the game that just ended. But, the handshake is symbolic of an important element of sports competition – respect for the game and everyone involved in it.
[…]

By | January 19th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Our Approach to Youth Sports

Studies show that values influence most, if not all, motivated behavior.

Playing team sports gives children and young adults opportunities to develop values. It exposes them to a group dynamic in which social, emotional, and physical skills can develop. Kids learn about peer relationships, teamwork, responsibility, achievement, leadership, respect, initiative and perseverance. Many of the ethical dilemmas and challenges they […]

By | January 19th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Athletes & the Culture of Winning

There is no denying the impact and influence of sports on American culture and on education in the U.S.

  • A July, 2013 report by Economic Modeling Specialists International stated that the sports industry as a whole brings roughly $14.3 Billion in earnings per year and contributes 456,000 jobs.
  • The Physical Activity Council reports that 217 Million Americans ages 6+ participated in at […]
By | January 18th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Offensive ‘Trail of Tears’ Reference Provides Teachable Moment

Original Post: November 18, 2013

We don’t know what prompted an Alabama High School to post a sign Friday night at its football game that showed such insensitivity and lack of respect.

What we do know is that the school is apologetic and believes its students need to learn from from this experience.

The school released the following statement Monday.
[…]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

The Baseball Players Union Should Take a Stand

Original Post: July 23, 2013

Instead of answering more questions about the scope of performance-enhancing drugs in their sport, Major League Baseball players could turn the conversation completely around, focusing attention on the players who want to compete within the rules on an even playing field.

The timing may be right for it to happen. What will be needed […]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Our Collective Response to the Boston Marathon Bombings and What It Tells Us

Original Post: Monday, April 22, 2013

A week after the horrifying events in Boston that shook us to the core, we are left wondering why two brothers would decide to so callously maim and kill a group of strangers with whom they have no direct connection.

It was an act of violence that physically injured scores of Boston Marathon onlookers, […]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

The Mike Rice Firing: The “Why” is Disturbing

Original Post: April 3, 2013

You’ve seen the video and heard the voice of Mike Rice.

The University of Rutgers men’s basketball coach is shown shoving and grabbing his players at practice. He is seen throwing basketballs at them and he is heard belittling them using homophobic slurs.

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that Mike Rice has been […]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Reflections on My Years at ESPN Radio

Original Post: March 12, 2013

I’ve been thinking today of the word that best describes how I feel about my time at ESPN Radio. And I came up with it —- grateful. Believe me, I know how fortunate I was to work at ESPN Radio for close to 17-years.

I remember being approached by ESPN back in 1991. ESPN was planning to […]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

We Need to Redefine Winning

Original Post:  January 22, 2013

What is the one word that best encompasses the most talked about sports stories of the new year?

What is the one central theme linking the Lance Armstrong “apology” interview, the Manti Te’o “girlfriend hoax”, the Baseball Hall-of-Fame election shutout, and the life of baseball icon Stan Musial?

[…]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|2 Comments

The HOF Case for Craig Biggio

Original Post:  December 27, 2012

Will Craig Biggio be elected to the Baseball Hall-of-Fame is his first year on the ballot?

The eligible voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America have until December 31st to return their ballots.

The Hall-of-Fame Class of 2013 will be announced on January 9th.

Biggio is a member of the 3,000 hit club. Their are only 28 members.

With […]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

The Legacy of Joe Paterno

Original Post:  July 13, 2012

My admiration for Joe Paterno had nothing to do with his Hall-of-Fame status, his record number of football wins, or his remarkably long tenure as head coach at Penn State.

It had everything to do with his belief in doing things the right way —- from his views on the value of hard work, teamwork and fairness, […]

By | January 16th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

NBA Players Showing Respect

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Too often we see professional athletes who act as if the sport they play owes them everything, players who have little regard for those who came before them.

So, when we see a standout performer like Tracy McGrady make a personal gesture that shows an appreciation for the history of the game, […]

By | January 15th, 2014|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Were Player Suspensions From Saints Alleged “Bounty Program” Deserved?

The NFL didn’t win popularity contests with this call. Certainly not with the players, who are expressing disbelief with the year-long banishment of Jonathan Vilma.

Many fans also view the punishment as too severe.

But were the penalties for the players the league found to be leaders in the New Orleans Saints “bounty program” over the top?

[…]

By | May 2nd, 2012|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Jets Want to See How Mark Sanchez Responds

The New York Jets are widely being criticized for the trade bringing in Tim Tebow as the # 2 quarterback.

And, I get it.

“Tebow-mania” will be uncontrollable unless the Jets offense is productive and the team wins. Mark Sanchez will have to perform well or the fans will be calling for Tebow. And it’s true that the calls will come earlier […]

By | March 22nd, 2012|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Why Hasn’t Roger Clemens Admitted PED Use?

Much has been said and written this week about the indictment of Roger Clemens on perjury charges.

Why has he been so vocal and insistent in proclaiming his innocence?

Is this a sign that he is being truthful?

The majority of sports fans appear to believe that Clemens used performance-enhancing drugs and then lied about it when he appeared before Congress.

Many can’t […]

By | August 21st, 2010|Author: Chuck Wilson|1 Comment

Pete Rose Reinstatement

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Major League Baseball denies the report, so does Pete Rose’s business agent.

Let’s hope both sides are telling the truth.

The Baseball Prospectus claims that Pete Rose has signed a deal with Major League Baseball that will remove Rose from baseball’s permanently ineligible list without his having to admit to any wrong-doing.

Such an […]

By | August 13th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Loss of Integrity in Sports

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

What does it mean to give your word?

What constitutes a promise?

Where is the line between cheating and “gaining an edge”?

Is there such a thing as a “gentlemen’s agreement”?

As sport mirrors society, the fun and games department is seeing plenty of discussion of integrity issues.

On the college scene we have the lawsuit […]

By | June 25th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

University President, It’s Up to You: Mission or Money?

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

You are the president at the University of Miami, Syracuse or Boston College.

You have spoken often about the ideals of your school, the meaning of student-athlete and how academics come first.

You have said over and over that big money from sports must not influence a university’s mission.

Now you are put to […]

By | May 16th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

St. Bonaventure’s Problems

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Seven weeks ago, St. Bonaventure University had to deal with perhaps the most embarrassing episode in its history.

The school’s president allegedly had overruled the compliance officer and allowed a junior college transfer with a welding certificate instead of an Associates Degree, to play for the basketball team, in violation of NCAA […]

By | April 19th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Jim Harrick’s Resignation

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

When Jim Harrick resigned Thursday as University of Georgia basketball coach, he termed it a “retirement”.

Perhaps he meant it, perhaps not.

But what if he wanted to coach college basketball again? Would a school hire him?

ESPN Colleague Linda Cohn says “yes” and she’s not alone.

Many believe there always would be a college […]

By | March 29th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

War in Iraq Important to See

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

March is usually a month of great anticipation in sports. The NCAA Tournament field is selected, followed by upsets and buzzer-beaters, the NBA and NHL come down the home stretch, and baseball nears the regular season.

It’s a good time to be a sports fan.

But this year, it is different.

The war in […]

By | March 25th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Jim Harrick and Integrity

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Here’s a story that may give you some insight into Georgia basketball coach Jim Harrick.

At the 1997 NCAA Final Four, Harrick was a guest on ESPN Radio. It was just two years after he had led the UCLA Bruins to a National Championship and just five months after he was fired […]

By | March 3rd, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Refusing to Salute the Flag

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Manhattanville College senior Toni Smith’s decision to turn away from the U.S. flag as she stands with her basketball team for the singing of the National Anthem has sparked debate across the country.

While many have been outraged viewing the display as disrespectful, others have argued that Toni Smith is right to […]

By | March 1st, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Ban Ephedrine

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Just what does it take for Major League Baseball and the Players Association to agree to ban products containing Ephedrine?

For years, experts in the field have warned about the dangers of the stimulant.

The NCAA, the IOC and the NFL have banned the substance.

Now, it is time for baseball to do the […]

By | February 20th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Honesty and Integrity Matter

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Rick Neuheisel has apologized for not being more candid and says he will work hard at repairing the relationships he has damaged.

The University of Washington head football coach said he was trying to honor a promise to the San Francisco 49ers to keep confidential his interview for their head coaching job. […]

By | February 14th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Flip Side of Celebrity

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

From time to time we all wonder what it would be like to be rich and famous, what would it be like to be a celebrity.

It sounds great.

But for all the money and ease of life it brings, the “good life” comes with some baggage.

The […]

By | January 28th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Accountability

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

In a world where pointing fingers and blaming others has become an art form, kudos go out to Trey Junkin, who came out of retirement for the New York Giants only to make a poor snap on the game-winning field goal attempt at San Francisco.

He blamed himself for the loss, though the […]

By | January 7th, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Being Beaten vs. “Losing”

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

The one drawback to college football’s bowl set-up is that teams wait so many weeks from the end of the regular season until their bowl game.

It’s not easy to stay sharp.

You hope both teams will play the way they did during the regular season.

But often, the great match-up on paper doesn’t […]

By | January 2nd, 2003|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Parents’ Lawsuit Not What It Seems

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

You have seen the headlines…”Father Sues Canadian Bantam Hockey League after 15-year-old Son Fails to Win MVP Award”.

The suit seeks $300,000 for psychological and punitive damages and the awarding of “Top Playmaker” and “MVP” awards to son Steven, who led his league in goals and assists.

You shake your head…”Another obsessive, out-of-control […]

By | November 14th, 2002|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Coaches Who Cheat

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

The NCAA Infractions Committee has placed Colorado’s football team on two years’ probation for recruiting violations.

The football program was accused of 53-violations, 51 of them when Rick Neuheisel was Colorado’s head coach.

The Committee ruled that “This was a serious case in which a football coaching staff, led by the former football […]

By | October 9th, 2002|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Lack of Sportsmanship

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

This morning I rise in support of Harlem Little League Manager Morris McWilliams, who admonished a couple of his young players for showboating and trash talking during the Little League World Series.

The kids exhibited poor sportsmanship and he spoke to them about it.

Clearly, he did the right thing. But this past […]

By | August 28th, 2002|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Two Stories of Sportsmanship

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Two stories this week about sportsmanship…one regrettable, the other uplifting.

The disappointing story unfolded in the Little League baseball tournament when a 12-year-old, before stepping into the batter’s box, made like Babe Ruth, pointing his bat toward the outfield showing his opponent where he would be hitting the ball. Then, after actually […]

By | August 15th, 2002|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

The Role of Ego in Winning

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

This week has provided more proof of the critical role “ego” plays in winning.

Too much “individual” ego and team play suffers, but when players take their self-interests and apply them in a team concept, great things happen.

The Detroit Red Wings won the Stanley Cup last night aided by a collection of future […]

By | June 14th, 2002|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Baseball, Steroids, and Kids

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point.

Steroid use in Major League Baseball has become the hot topic this week.

How many players have used the performance-enhancing drugs?

What effect have they had on the game?

Are the home run records now “tainted”?

The fact is the players union has fought testing and baseball hasn’t pushed hard enough to get it, so […]

By | March 30th, 2002|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

Poor Sportsmanship

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point,

Poor behavior and poor sportsmanship…it’s on the basketball court and in the stands. And too many colleges and universities aren’t dealing with it. It’s an “In Your Face” mentality that needs to be changed.

Coaches: reign in your players’ “look at me” approach. Giving them the “freedom to express their personality and […]

By | February 7th, 2002|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments

George O’Leary’s Resume

I’m Chuck Wilson with an ESPN Radio Extra Point,

How much worse can it get for the Notre Dame football program? The hiring and quick resignation of George O’Leary because of inaccuracies in his academic and athletic resume have left those close to the program stunned and those on the outside shaking their heads.

It was once the dream of […]

By | December 12th, 2001|Author: Chuck Wilson|0 Comments