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The Role of Parents and Coaches in Developing Leadership in Athletics
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2000 12:15 p.m.

As the father of professional football star Drew Bledsoe, quarterback for the New England Patriots, Mac Bledsoe innately understands parenting a world class athlete and the positive influence athletics has on children.

Raised on the Flying B Ranch in Ellensburg, Washington, Mac attended the University of Washington, graduating with a B.A. in education. An active athlete in high school and college, Mac competed in football, basketball, and track. He spent three years as a player in the Continental Football League.

Mac taught English, public speaking, math, contemporary world problems, and psychology in public schools and coached for 26 years at both the high school and community college levels. He now devotes all of his time to The Drew Bledsoe Foundation, named for his son. The Bledsoe family is dedicated to helping families provide an environment of encouragement and love for their children. The Foundation focuses on addressing some of the problems that face children today. It is a source of information for parents, giving them tools to create an encouraging and loving home.

Mac visits schools and college campuses, talking with young people about self-esteem and helping them to develop goal-setting skills. Mac Bledsoe is a guest of the Kravis Leadership Institute as part of their weeklong conference.