Crowns tell it how it is...Growing up and Advice to Youth
By Herbie Scaife, Jr.
I joined the crowns six years ago, it was the greatest moment
of my life. ...but at first, I didn't feel a part of the team.
I wasn't giving enough.
As I watched my teammates play and do the skits I thought to
myself how I could change a conventional style of play to
become comical, and the more I watched them, the more they
changed in my eyes and became funnier to me and the people,
and this made it easy.
I enjoy every minute of playing with the team, the crowds and
putting a little joy into other peoples' lives. So every gag I
do, I want it to be my best. Sometimes when I go down to the
playing floor, I'll get a flash in my mind and want to try
something new – so I try it – and if it registers “funny” then
I'll keep doing it.
When I'm home alone with my thoughts, I think of a hundred
ideas and skits – but in the game, I try only what I believe
is best, otherwise I'd be going on and on.
young men have seemingly become involved in contemporary
problems and issues. Discipline and values are two primary
topics that confront us and sports have become a form of
communication for youth all over the world.
Not only does a young man learn to appreciate the self-pride
and discipline the encompasses sports, but also the leadership
qualities associated with sports. I've found a number of young
men in the past who have the talent to play basketball but
lacked the necessary discipline to guide them through trying
At times in my life, I have experienced instances where
self-pride and discipline overruled natural talents on a
basketball court. I credit the youth of today with the
mentality to ascertain the difference between good or bad
advice. If a person has enough self-respect, then he can
adequately place himself in a true direction that will
encompass all facets of life.
I've used basketball as an example in sports because it got me
where I am today, as a Crown. I acquired my education free
with the help of basketball scholarships. I have had laurels,
and suffice it to say, these laurels helped mold my character
and so I hope that achievements in any young man's life will
develop his charter and carry him successfully through life.
would be the first to admit that basketball has helped me to
be where I am today, on my way to a happy and rewarding life,
mentally, spiritually, and physically.
School was my head start. There I learned discipline of the
mind, how to think about goals in life and direct my actions.
Basketball gave me the opportunity to apply my mind and use my
physical attributes (being six feet, seven inches tall).
Basketball also gave me the chance to test my mind and body
and a way to achieve the goals set, which should automatically
Being physically fit and in good health brings a feeling of
natural high. But you must discipline yourself to do the
things required by the body to stay in shape; this is where a
sharp mind and strong principles are required. School was a
major asset, in the classroom and on the basketball court,
where my coach taught me. There are many things heard that I
couldn't especially relate to but now that I'm older and
wiser, I respect them all for the little they contributed to
making me a better person.