Changing Lives, One Swing At a TimeOctober 1, 2013
Liberty University is constantly bringing in world renowned leaders and influential figures from all different backgrounds and fields. One in particular came and is here to stay, as the new head softball coach. Her name is Dot Richardson and she was the very first person to bat [in the very first game] of the Softball Olympics. She also played a key role in bringing home the victory for the U.S. in that first game. What a great opportunity for the Liberty Softball program, to have such a motivational coach who has made such a lasting impact in the world of softball.
I recently had the privilege of hearing her speak in Convocation and it was an incredibly motivational and inspiring presentation. What really stuck out to me was her balance of humility and passion. Dot explained that true leadership isn’t about feeling entitled based on a list of achievements (in Dot’s case, numerous Olympic gold medals). But it’s really about genuinely wanting to serve others with humility.
She fully had my attention after recalling the moments when each gold medal was placed around her neck, saying,
“When I stood in front of the whole world receiving those awards, I had an amazing platform to point to God and give Him the credit”.
I was so inspired by her story and all of the incredible things that she has experienced in her life; especially when she mentioned God’s timing throughout all of those opportunities. One great example was her fear of missing out on the first ever Softball Olympics. She was studying to become an orthopedic surgeon at Louisville but the timing couldn’t have been better. Dot was able to take a year off of school to play in the Olympics while still holding her place in the medical program. She would go on to get her medical degree in 1993!
(Wow, talk about being driven!)
Yet Dot Richardson is very quick to point to where her success came from.
I’m so glad I was able to be in the room that morning to hear about the limitless possibilities of a person who chases after their dream and doesn’t allow giving up to be an option. It was so easy to see how her words apply to my own life and I received a fresh wind of motivation from the passion Dot Richardson displays with her life.