who would prefer having their days
filled with enrichment rather than
complexity, baseball great Matt Williams
has some fundamental advice.
to the whole thing we call ‘life’ is
simplicity,” he said. “Thinking like a
champion is thinking like a baby.”
along with Gold Medalist Dan O’Brien,
took center stage at Corona del Sol High
School to offer an audience estimated at
up to 1,200 their advice on how to
“Think Like a Champion.”
auditorium was packed with a diverse
crowd of young and old at the Nov. 15
fundraiser, eager to see and hear a
former Olympic medalist and former World
Series-winning third baseman.
winner of the gold medal in the
decathlon in the 1996 summer Olympics,
and Williams, a five-time All-Star and
winner of the World Series in 2001 with
the Diamondbacks, came to share their
inspirational experiences with the
proceeds from the event funneled back
into the boys basketball Booster Club,
which helps pay for summer camps,
clothing and more.
sales were estimated as high as 1,200.
opened with a video reviewing Williams’
life and career. Following the video,
Williams took the stage, preaching the
concept of simplicity in life.
own past experiences to illustrate his
point, Williams instructed
student-athletes as well as others in
attendance to make life less complicated
and to be more “simplistic in nature.”
Williams illustrated his simple-approach
technique by referring to the question
of how to hit a curve ball, to which he
replied, “I don’t miss the fastball.”
O’Brien’s address, he explained how his
career was one in which he went with the
flow, until Milt Campbell, a former
decathlete and Olympic Hall of Fame
member, opened his eyes. Campbell, who
shot down O’Brien’s initial goal of
being a great athlete, inspired him to
set his sights on becoming the world’s
can’t be successful unless you know what
you’re trying to accomplish,” O’Brien
discovery, stressed O’Brien, is what
every young athlete needs to truly meet
his or her potential. O’Brien also
revealed his secret to overcoming
failure, as he did after failing to
qualify for the 1992 Olympic games.
to any sport is to forget your
failures—and your successes,” he said.
“You can achieve anything in your life
if you never give up.”
fielded questions at the end of his
speech and afterwards displayed his
Olympic Gold Medal.
following the speakers’ presentations
included autographed pictures and
jerseys, and even free personal training
sessions with O’Brien.
program concluded with an opportunity to
meet and take photographs with the
With Aztec athletic teams present as
well as many senior guests, both the
young and the older generations walked
away with words to live by.