TERRY FOX and STEVE NASH: Putting Drive and Talent to Good Use

Terry Fox and Steve Nash are two massively talented and driven athletes who also happen to be Canadian. Terry Fox, after losing a leg to cancer, decided at eighteen to run across Canada (via roughly a marathon a day) to raise money to fight the disease. His heroic run and efforts and humility and heart captured the nation in the early 1980s, and still do today.

Steve Nash, of course, is the two-time MVP/NBA super star, known for his phenomenal conditioning, and recently put up the best statistics of any 35 year old player in history—and in doing so may help change the diet of an entire professional sports league. (Or, looking at players like LA Lakers’ junk food addict Lamar Odom, maybe not.) Either way, Steve, with his cousin Ezra Holland, recently directed a film for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series, about Terry’s incredible journey. The film is called “Into the Wind” and it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

From my point of view, this is great, but somewhat jealousy-inducing, as Steve is not only one of the greatest NBA players of all time, but he is now a director with his own funding source: himself. Wow.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s to hope and integrity, and humility and passion, and using sport as a springboard for greater things, not just a vehicle for exploiting and increasing mindless tribalism and distracting folks from truly vital issues. Oops, did I say that? I mean, team sports are great, and character building, and it’s totally natural to fanatically support a group of people whom you know absolutely nothing about.

Take it easy, I’m just trying to stir the pot, with great love, of course,

Pete xoxo

PS I once wrote a novel, Understanding Ken, about a ten-year-old who was also a profound hockey and Montreal Canadiens fanatic. If I had the funding (and its been close), it would be a movie by now, or I wouldn’t have done it anyway. Who knows, with the old human mind? In the meantime, here’s a very short excerpt from the book, that I read in front of an audience.


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