If you want to change your life, change your belief system. Today’s interview is with Fred Crowell, founder of NBC Camp and author of Words Of Hope.
At the age of twenty-three, Crowell became one of the youngest Division 1 coaches in America. Under his coaching, University of Alaska Fairbanks had its first winning season in the college history.
He left Alaska and joined Campus Crusade for Christ as the first coach for Athletes in Action, a program facing top 20 NCAA teams night after night, sharing a message of community and wholeness, and developing into an exhibition team with one of the most wins in history.
Crowell dreamed of a basketball camp that would train athletes to win both on and off the court. He wanted a program that would provide the best basketball training, create an atmosphere of encouragement, hard work, respect and compassion, and teach athletes to compete not only physically but with their hearts and minds.
Coach Crowell combined his background of Division 1 coaching with his psychology background as a former family counselor. He wanted to give athletes an edge to physically, mentally and spiritually achieve the disciplined life of excellence. Many told Crowell his idea of combining athletics, faith and values were unrealistic.
Now, over 50 years later, Crowell’s dream has become reality as his vision has expanded to include multiple sports with over 10,000 athletes competing in NBC Camps programs around the world.
NBC Camps has grown to become one of the largest overnight basketball programs in the world. Over the last 50 years, they have trained 300,000 athletes. Located in the U.S., Austria, Canada, UK, Thailand, Japan, Nicaragua, and Italy, NBC Camps is dedicated to elevating personal excellence on and off the court. Their goal is to teach athletes how to compete with confidence, high skill level and intensity.
I’ve had the privilege of knowing Fred most of my life and learning from his fine example. In this interview, Fred shares:
- Why you shouldn’t have too many rules as a coach
- How his team guarded Pistol Pete Maravich
- Why you need to focus on belief and not behavior
- What he’s doing to beat cancer
- The difference between war and basketball