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Earlier today, Stephen Mackey, Founder of 2Words Character Development, spoke to numerous Big Spring ISD student athletes at the ATC. 2Words Character Development is a character development system in which they partner with athletic departments across the United States to help them create and implement an intentional character development plan for their athletic department with the goal of connecting the dots between sports and life. Mackey stated that in doing so, it helps to create not only champions but also better people who will be able to carry success to other areas of their life off the field as well.

“Every week a character trait of the week is defined and described by two words, and those two words becomes a pneumonic and a theme for the week that coaches and athletes can use during the week and can draw back on in difficult times or in situations as they move forward in life they can always draw back on the anchor point of those two words,” says Mackey.

During his speech, Mackey stressed to the athletes that they are the most powerful person in their world because they have the power to make their own choices. He noted that making the right choices every day, again and again, eventually lead to these little choices adding up to success. If they can do this on the field, they can carry this success over into other aspects of their life.

Big Spring High School Athletic Director Mitch McLemore stated that he reached out to Mackey on a recommendation from another coach at the district meeting. The athletic program has been using the 2Word curriculum for the past 4 weeks, and the kids have been responding extremely well to the program.

“I felt that the presentation was really motivational to us because it’s coming from someone who’s really been through it,” said C.J. Harris, a Sophomore at BSHS who plays football, basketball, and runs track.

Harris took advantage of the opportunity to meet Mackey and told KBest News that he’s a fan of Mackey’s 2Word Character Development program. When asked what he likes about it, he stated, “It shows you that you don’t have to grow up in the best home to be successful, and I respect that.”

Mackey is a first-generation college graduate who’s earned a Bachelors of Science in Recreation Parks and Tourism Science with a Youth Development emphasis from Texas A&M University, and a Masters Degree in Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is a character development coach, motivational speaker, and a husband and father. Mackey’s West Texas tour continued on with Seminole this afternoon and will lead to Lubbock tomorrow.


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