Yeah Baby!

Every once in a while, if you are lucky enough, you come in contact with a person who is truly a life changing individual. Such is the case with myself and many others over the years at North Davidson High School in Welcome, NC and the surrounding area. People in that area know exactly who I am speaking of, Mike Lambros.

To many of us over the years, he has worn the hats of coach, teacher, mentor, father figure, and friend. Referred to simply as “Coach” or “Lambros” to many of us, Mike Lambros has had a monumental impact on all that have come in contact with him over the many, many years. Most of which has probably been an unknown to him until recently. You see, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer and has been defying odds in his unbelievable battle for the past 14 months. Since he was first diagnosed, there has been an outpouring of support for Lambros and his battle. This past week however, he took a turn for the worst and entered into in-home Hospice care. That is when the flood gates opened even wider and the love this one man has spread over the years came flooding back to him. For such a humble man, I’m sure all of the attention he has gotten has been heart filling, yet hard to take.

I’m fairly certain that no one that has had the privilege of meeting him will ever forget his infectious smile, love, or his trademark “Yeah Baby!”. I know I haven’t. I have been lucky enough to be one of the ones that he has left a lasting impression on. He just has a way of connecting with, uplifting, and inspiring people. He is just one of those people that you never forget. On and off the field he has definitely left his mark on the community that will live on long past his time here. That is quite obvious by the immense show of respect and love he has been shown this past week. From those whose lives he has touched, to the Reynolds building in nearby Winston-Salem lighting up the night sky in bright orange. This man knows now that he is loved and respected far more than he ever could have imagined. Respect and love of that magnitude is not given. It is earned!

What we do while we live can’t really be quantified. It is all relative. I do believe however, that your worth is not measured by material things, but in what you give of yourself…the people you touch. That is your real legacy….and the best legacy a man can leave behind is the people’s lives he’s changed. He always said “Be part of something bigger than yourself”. You sir have once again lead by example and have accomplished both. Although your impressive 800+ wins and 2 state championships are great, that is not where your true legacy lies. Your legacy lies in all of us that you have touched.

We love you Coach Lambros and you will live on in all of us by who we are and what we do because of you. #WeLoveLambros #LambrosStrong #ForeverABlackKnight

Travis Adkins

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Stories have two sides

Recently there was a tragedy in the area in which I live. After hearing some of what has been going on, it caused me to think more. Not so much about the incident itself, but more of how there are two sides to many stories or events. I have thought about that topic before, as we all have, but this time I felt inspired to speak for one reason or another. There are many instances in our country lately of just this and more.

This particular incident, a young boy lost his life. That is a tragic occurrence in any situation.  As with many of these ordeals, there has been an outpouring of emotion and conflicting stories of who this young boy really was as different people knew him. I will not get into this particular story, that is not what this is about. It is more about how these events, and others, usually have two sides, especially with young people. they often lead two lives. one their families see and are part of and another when they are with their friends. Both sides are part of these individuals as they are trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in this world. This also applies to people of all ages, professions, and ethnicities. Don’t get me wrong, I am not condoning the actions that some people choose to do or be a part of. There are still usually two sides. This applies to people on both sides of the law. I will state at this point that I am a very proud supporter of Law Enforcement, our Military, as well as our Firefighters, EMS, and other emergency service workers. I also not so naive that I believe that all are good or do the right things. However, the good far out weigh the bad. The same goes for those on the other side. Not all individuals are guilty, bad, or do wrong. That is my point. There are two sides and to most events. It is not fair, nor our place, to pass judgement on a person without knowing the whole story. Also, it is not our place to pass judgement or look at whole groups of people based on what a few do or the typical stereotypes that may be portrayed. At the same time, we may not like the outcome of what is found to be true. We need to grow up and just deal with that. Life doesn’t always go the way we want it. That’s ok. It is no reason to go all crazy and wreak all kinds of havoc because something didn’t go our way.

Our country, and world, are plunging into turmoil more and more everyday because of actions like these. Our judgments of people or groups based on what we believe to be true or by things we are simply told or overheard are absurd. The only way we can begin to make this a better place is to not be so quick to be judgmental or prejudiced towards people or groups. Who are we to do that? We all have to share this rock we live on. I understand that there will be conflicts, wars, etc. What I also understand is that we have to attempt to be civil and to cohabitate on it. It is vast, but also so very small. So, what I ask of anyone who reads this is simple. Be kind, be understanding, be compassionate to others situations and stories. We all are the same yet vastly different. Under all the clothes, social status, places of origin, and color of our skin we are ALL exactly the same. Like it or not, we are all connected in that way. Don’t be so quick to judge. Would you like to be judged only be someone’s perception of you and not the reality? Every one of us has a story, most of which have at least two sides. Think about that, just think. We can make this country and world great again, but it starts with us, not our leaders. We have to be the leaders and set the example from the ground up. We the people.