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  1. 1. 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- tjames on DSKG8SOYB1PROD with HOUSE 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 cellence; 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 VerDate Mar 15 2010 02:14 Jun 10, 2010 Jkt 089060 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4634 Sfmt 0634 E:CRFMK09JN7.050 H09JNPT1