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Peaking At The Right Time

COLUMN ARCHIVE

July 28, 2000

The players continued their journey down the road of successful preparation. This past week, Weight Coach Mike Linn decided that the next few days of training would be "Peak Week". The "Peak Week" is where you push your body to its optimal level with both weights and running. The reason you do this is to prepare your body for testing, in which you "max out" to see exactly how much (weight) you can lift. The way the coach sets this up is that we first have our "Peak Week", then we have a week of moderate training before we finally enter into the "Test Week".

Not only did the players train hard, but the Bruin Football Team reached out into the community to extend our support to future Bruins. A large number of the players went to the First Annual California Bowl Game. This game consisted of a collection of the California High School All-Stars playing against the Florida High School All-Stars. On the California team, we had several players that will attend UCLA in the upcoming school year. The great thing about our team is that many of our players are not cocky or think of themselves as seasoned veterans who were too good to attend the game. In fact, it's just the opposite, as all types of players from first-years to fourth-years, from starters to scout players, went to support their future teammates. They did not care that the All-Stars will only be freshmen because they are men. They are incoming freshmen who will play an integral part in the success of the team this year.

This past weekend, Drew Bennett, Jason Stephens, and myself volunteered at a football camp. Jim Ghezzi puts on a camp for elementary school children at his old school in Pasadena. At the camp, we try to simulate what we the UCLA Football Team do at a daily practice. We help coach the kids through drills and give them pointers on how to become better athletes. The funniest part of the camp is the last hour when we have a two-hand touch scrimmage, and all the kids and "coaches" play together. Jason, my team and I beat Drew and Jim's team, but what else would you think would have happened? I know I can speak for all the players when I say that we love to work with kids at camps. The reason is that we all remember being kids and how much we enjoyed it when someone who was good at football would help us out.

Philosophy of the Week: 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."


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