“What can I do for you?” Tony Gwynn
Several years ago I got a call from the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, and we agreed to provide some much needed equipment. I went along with our technical people to the Gwynn’s home. Before doing so, I instructed our people to not bother the Gwynns as Tony was recovering from his first surgery. We met Tony and his son,Tony Jr., who was spending the off-season near his Dad. As we were getting ready to leave, Tony asked what he could do for us because he appreciated our donation to the foundation. I said that I didn’t want anything, but that my people were big fans. Tony turned off the movie he was watching and signed hats and balls for my employees’ kids.
Being a former athlete myself, I am in awe of what Tony accomplished in sports. More than that, I will remember him because of how generous he was, even during his darkest hours.
I have lived in San Diego since 1979 and can attest that I have never seen such an outpouring of emotion towards any local celebrity from any walk of life. In my view this is because of how he lived his life with such joy, passion and generosity. Oh yeah, he was an amazing athlete as well.
We lost a great man, but his legacy will live on through his Foundation. You can find out more about TAG at http://tagwynn2.org/tag/
Rest in peace Tony!
Weekly Wisdom by Jerry Rollins, CEO and Chairman of Sage Executive Group