The Hand That Gives, Gathers

“The Hand that Gives Gathers” is something I have told players for many years.  I learned that lesson as a child when my neighborhood friends and I used to host carnivals to raise money and donate to the Jerry Lewis, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Labor Day Telethon.  One year we hosted it in my front yard and raised a lot of money.  (A lot of money for a bunch of kids in the 1970s), and I brought it to the local telethon collection site.  A month later, I received a package in the mail from MDA with gift certificates from many of the telethon sponsors including free Slurpees at 7-11 and free tickets to Six Flag Great Adventure to actually meet Jerry Lewis.  

We hosted the carnival because it was fun and we knew we were raising money for a good cause.  Unlike Sally, Charlie Brown’s selfish sister in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” who said, “I want what I have coming to me, I want my fair share,” we expected nothing in return. 

Almost 50 years later, I am still raising money to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy, although now the reasons are much more personal.  On July 16, my wife Kim and I will join Team Ryan’s Quest to compete in the NJ State Triathlon in an effort to raise money and awareness to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  

Please consider giving and perhaps you will gather in some way in the very near future.  To donate and to learn more about Ryan’s Quest Click Here:  Donate to Team Ryan’s Quest

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time!   

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