H4274 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD — HOUSE June 9, 2010
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The college men’s and women’s basketball play- rather to teach high school English and
question is on the motion offered by er; to coach high school basketball. His
the gentleman from Pennsylvania (Mr. Whereas John Wooden won the lifelong re- only break from the school setting was
spect of his colleagues, players, and fans for
BRADY) that the House suspend the during World War II, when he served
the values he lived and espoused;
rules and agree to the resolution, H. Whereas John Wooden’s renowned Wooden honorably as a lieutenant in the United
Res. 1178, as amended. Pyramid of Success, which stresses industri- States Navy.
The question was taken. ousness, friendship, loyalty, cooperation, en- In 1948, Wooden accepted an offer to
The SPEAKER pro tempore. In the thusiasm, self-control, alertness, initiative, coach the University of California
opinion of the Chair, two-thirds being intentness, condition, skill, team spirit, team in Los Angeles, the UCLA Bruins
in the affirmative, the ayes have it. poise, and confidence as the building blocks basketball team, and he quickly estab-
Mr. BRADY of Pennsylvania. Madam for competitive greatness, is one of the most lished a record of success with his stu-
widely recognized blueprints for excellence dent athletes both on and off the court.
Speaker, on that I demand the yeas
in any pursuit; In his first year with the team, he led
and nays. Whereas, on July 23, 2003, John Wooden re-
The yeas and nays were ordered. the Bruins through a near perfect sea-
ceived the Presidential Medal of Freedom,
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursu- the Nation’s highest civilian honor recog- son, winning 22 out of 29 games. Wood-
ant to clause 8 of rule XX and the nizing exceptional meritorious service; en guided the team to 10 National Col-
Chair’s prior announcement, further Whereas, on December 20, 2003, the basket- legiate Athletic Association champion-
proceedings on this motion will be ball floor at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion was ships, seven of which were in a row. In
postponed. dedicated as ‘‘Nell and John Wooden Court’’; addition, he led the Bruins to 19 con-
and ference championships, 12 Final Four
f Whereas John Wooden, whose death was appearances, four perfect seasons, and
HONORING THE LIFE OF JOHN preceded by his beloved wife Nell, is survived a record 88-game winning streak from
WOODEN by his 2 children, Nancy and James, 7 grand-
children, and 13 great-grandchildren: Now,
1971 to 1974.
Ms. SHEA-PORTER. Madam Speak- therefore, be it
Off the court, John Wooden was ad-
er, I move to suspend the rules and Resolved, That the House of Representa- mired and respected as much as he was
agree to the resolution (H. Res. 1427) tives— on the court. Foremost an educator,
honoring the life of John Robert Wood- (1) honors John Wooden for his exceptional Wooden stressed the importance of
en. career as a coach, player, educator, and men- team play while inspiring the develop-
tor, including his unrivaled achievements ment of individual talent and academic
The Clerk read the title of the resolu-
during his tenure at UCLA; excellence. The distinguished Wooden
tion. (2) pays tribute to his iconic legacy of lead-
The text of the resolution is as fol- Pyramid of Success has been widely
ership, and recognizes the respect and admi-
lows: ration he earned through his dedication to
recognized as an example for the build-
H. RES. 1427 the betterment of others; and ing blocks to competitiveness and ex-
(3) expresses condolences on his passing to cellence in any quest, not just sports.
Whereas John Robert Wooden was born on
October 14, 1910, in Hall, Indiana; his children, Nancy and James, his grand- It emphasizes the skills that Wooden
Whereas John Wooden began his basketball children, his great-grandchildren, and the taught, such as friendship, loyalty, co-
career at Martinsville High School and countless players, fans, and admirers who operation, enthusiasm, self-control,
helped his team win the Indiana State high mourn his passing. team spirit, poise, and self-confidence.
school basketball title in 1927; The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursu- In 2003, he was presented the Presi-
Whereas John Wooden later became a ant to the rule, the gentlewoman from dential Medal of Freedom, the highest
three-time all-American star guard at Pur- New Hampshire (Ms. SHEA-PORTER) and honor given to a civilian.
due University, helped lead Purdue to the the gentleman from Tennessee (Mr. John Wooden lost the love of his life,
National Championship in 1932, was named ROE) each will control 20 minutes. Nell Wooden, but he is survived by his
the 1932 national collegiate player of the The Chair recognizes the gentle- two children, by his seven grand-
year, and received the Big Ten medal for ex-
woman from New Hampshire. children, and by his 13 great-grand-
cellence in scholarship;
Whereas John Wooden served honorably as GENERAL LEAVE children, as well as by the millions of
a lieutenant in the United States Navy dur- Ms. SHEA-PORTER. Madam Speak- basketball fans who believe there will
ing World War II; er, I request 5 legislative days during never be another coach like John
Whereas John Wooden began his collegiate which Members may revise and extend Wooden in any sport, and they mourn
coaching career in 1946 at Indiana State and insert extraneous material on his passing.
Teachers College (now Indiana State Univer- House Resolution 1427 into the RECORD. Madam Speaker, I would like to
sity), where he fought racial inequality by The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there thank Representative WAXMAN for
refusing an invitation to the 1947 National objection to the request of the gentle- bringing this bill forward.
Association of Intercollegiate Basketball be- I wish to honor the legendary Coach
woman from New Hampshire?
cause an African-American player on his
team would not be allowed to participate;
There was no objection. Wooden for his immense contributions,
Whereas John Wooden became head coach
Ms. SHEA-PORTER. I yield myself not only to the game of basketball, but
at the University of California Los Angeles such time as I may consume. also for his exceptional career as an ed-
(UCLA) in 1948 and quickly established a Madam Speaker, I rise today in sup- ucator, as a mentor, and for his dedica-
record of success with his student-athletes port of House Resolution 1427, honoring tion to the betterment of others. John
both on and off the court that is legendary the life of John Robert Wooden. Wooden’s lasting legacy is carried on
and unmatched; John Wooden loved basketball. As a today on basketball courts all around
Whereas John Wooden led the UCLA Bru- young man in Martinsville, Indiana, the country as he was loved and ad-
ins to 10 National Collegiate Athletic Asso- starting on his high school basketball mired by all who play and who know
ciation (NCAA) championships (including 7 team in 1927, Wooden led his team to
in a row), 19 conference championships, 12
the game. I wish to express my deep
an Indiana State high school basket- condolences to his family, to his
final four appearances, four perfect seasons,
ball title, marking the beginning of a friends, to his former players, and to
and a record 88-game winning streak from
1971 to 1974; basketball career brimming with great his countless fans and admirers.
Whereas John Wooden was the first person success. In college, at Purdue Univer- I urge my colleagues to support
elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball sity, his athletic victories continued, House Resolution 1427, and I reserve
Hall of Fame as both a player and as a coach; winning All-American honors 3 years the balance of my time.
Whereas John Wooden was foremost an ed- in a row, as well as a spot in the Bas- Mr. ROE of Tennessee. I yield myself
ucator who always stressed the importance ketball Hall of Fame. The great success such time as I may consume.
of team play while inspiring the develop-
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on the basketball court Wooden Madam Speaker, it is a great honor
ment of individual talent and academic ex-
achieved while in school set the foun- to be here today, as I am a huge college
Whereas John Wooden was the personifica- dation for the great athletic accom- basketball fan, to rise in support of
tion of teamwork and good sportsmanship, plishments he would later go on to House Resolution 1427, honoring Coach
and his name is synonymous with integrity; achieve. John Robert Wooden.
Whereas an annual award in John After being offered a spot in the Today, we honor Coach Wooden’s ac-
Wooden’s name is given to the Nation’s top NBA, Wooden turned it down, deciding complishments and leadership. Coach
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