THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
Byron Starks, LSUE’s first head basketball coach, discussed inspiring youth with the Crowley Rotary Club at their weekly meeting.
LSUE basketball coach meets Crowley Rotarians
LSUE Head Basketball Coach, Byron Starks delivered an inspirational message to members of the Rotary Club of Crowley during their regular meeting.
It is no secret that Starks likes to work with young people. He said he “wants to inspire youth” and his job is “to teach young people to J.U.M.P.”
However, the coach is not speaking in the literal sense, to push oneself off a surface and into the air by using the muscles in ones legs and feet.
The well-spoken coach means, “Just Use More Passion — find what you love to do and find a way to get paid for it.”
He spoke of each individual finding his or her own gift. He asked who keeps goals written down because, by writing down goals, an individual is more likely to meet those goals.
Starks moved on to mention J.U.M.P. for a second time — “Just Use More Purpose.”
He spoke of finding purpose in life, explaining that he found his when his wife told him he was not meant to play basketball for himself, but to serve others.
Mentioning J.U.M.P. a third time, he said, “Just Use More People.”
Starks, told of his son transferring to play basketball from Northwestern State, to play on LSUE’s first basketball team. The team consisted of 23 total players of which 17 of those on the team dress for games.
Finally for a fourth time he mentioned J.U.M.P., explaining “Just Use More Practice.”
In order to be good at anything you must do it over and over, he said.
By doing things with a passion and purpose, working with people and lots of practice, an individual will have a solid foundation and can do well in any aspect of life on or off the court, Starks explained.
He added, “ It is a privilege to be LSUE’s men’s basketball head coach.”
Rotarians agreed that Starks’ J.U.M.P. is a great way to inspire others.