In my last post I explained Coach Myles’ road to recovery from his stroke. We reached a huge milestone on that road this past week, when I took Bill to do a Black History program at the Downtown Columbus Federal Building. Coach spoke to a group of about 40 Federal Employees about his life story and some of its Black History aspects. Jackie Robinson, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Kansas City, Woody, Ohio State – Bill had them spellbound on the edge of their seats, and rolling in the aisles laughing, as he told his tales and his life story. When he was done, Bill received a standing ovation!
It is the first talk Bill has given since his stroke, and it was so gratifying and heartwarming to see him able to get out and back in the saddle in front of a group. Only someone as strong as Coach could have made such a miraculous recovery, from such a severe setback. Coach has done the one thing he learned from Coach Hayes, and the one thing he taught all his players and students for so many years – When you get knocked down, you have to get back up!
The getting back up will continue in two more weeks. On Monday , February 29th, Bill and I will be in Toledo to tape a half hour interview on the WGTE-TV “Dateline Now” current affairs program. If you are in the Toledo area you can see that show air on Friday, March 4th. If not, I will post a link to the replay here on the following Wednesday or Thursday!