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