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`Life Skills' on and off the field

November 9, 1992

Regarding the Sports page article "Learning `Life Skills' on the Football Field," Oct. 23: What a treat to read about high school football coach Jim Nagel's attitude about playing and winning. By helping students function better as whole people, he is helping society at large.

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His contribution is especially important on the sports field, where many students believe that their value lies in their competitive achievements. Not that we can blame them - our society has become obsessed with getting ahead, often excluding values that we need more than ever. Mr. Nagel's approach is a welcome counterbalance to those based on the notion that "Nice guys finish last." Diana Morley, Napa, Calif.

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