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Former Governor Visits BC

Former Virginia Governor George Allen visited the Bluefield College campus today to speak with student-athletes about translating the lessons they learn in athletic competition into lessons for their future careers and lives.

Trey Wilson

October 19, 2010

Former Virginia Governor George Allen visited the Bluefield College campus today to speak with student-athletes about translating the lessons they learn in athletic competition into lessons for their future careers and lives.

 

Allen addressed a crowd including all of the college's student-athletes, along with several coaches, faculty, and staff members in the Bluefield College Dome Gymnasium about creating a "game plan for life."

 

Allen, whose father was a Hall of Fame coach in the National Football League, was a two-sport athlete in college.

 

"In our family, there were four 'F's' that were really important in our lives: faith, family, freedom, and football," said Allen.

 

Allen said being a student-athlete at Bluefield College was an opportunity to get a good academic education while also learning certain principles through sports.He said preparation for sports helps to teach good preparation skills for other aspects of life.

 

He said preparation for sports helps to teach good preparation skills for other aspects of life.

 

"Everyone hates practice," said Allen. "However, that practice is preparation. You don't just go into something and think you're going to do it without practice."

 

Allen also said that learning from losing could help to rebound from unsuccessful endeavors.

 

"One team wins and one team loses," said Allen. "You learn from your mistakes. You get knocked down, you get back up and you do better the next time."

 

Allen said the competiveness of sports would help the student-athletes in the American free-enterprise system.

 

"You will find in life that no matter what you do there is going to be competition," said Allen. "There are very few monopolies allowed in this country. Whatever you may be doing, you need to do better."

 

Allen said playing in team sports taught important lessons for the student-athletes' futures.

 

"You understand you can't do it alone," said Allen. "You are as happy for the success of your teammate as you are for yourself."

 

Allen has been a recent supporter of Bluefield College athletics. In June he attended the ceremony officially announcing the return of football to Bluefield College after being inactive for 69 years. He said his family is supporting the teams from their home near Fairfax, Virginia.

 

"We have Bluefield College cups at our home," said Allen. "The kids have shirts."

 

"We are really proud of you," Allen said addressing the student-athletes. "I'll follow how you do and we will all be cheering for you as you move this college, your team, yourself, and indeed America forward to a greater future."

 

Allen attended the University of Virginia, where he played on the football and rugby teams. He was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team as a quarterback in 1972. Allen served on the state legislature in Virginia before being elected to the United State House of Representatives in 1991. In 1993, he was elected the 67th Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and served from 1994 to 1998. He was elected to the United States Senate in 2000, where he served from 2001 to 2007.

 

Allen now serves as the chairman of the American Energy Freedom Center and he recently released a book, titled "What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports."

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