STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford women’s volleyball is excited to announce its support of Harper for Kids, an organization that focuses on youth character development. The Harper for Kids (HFK) program is based upon legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success. With a goal of helping schools incorporate Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success into their character education program, HFK strives to teach children important life skills that will help them fulfill their potential and achieve success throughout their lives.
“Harper for Kids is honored to be associated with Stanford women’s volleyball. Coach Dunning and his team epitomize Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and are perfect role models of all that the pyramid teaches,” Tim and Peanut Harper, co-founders of Harper for Kids, said. “The level of commitment from Stanford women’s volleyball to help us teach children about the Pyramid of Success, not only during school visits, but also at their home games is something we are very excited about. At our school assembly with Stanford women’s volleyball at Charles Armstrong School this spring, you could see how inspired the children were listening to Coach Dunning and his team share what it takes to not only be a successful student-athlete, but more importantly, what it takes to be successful in life."
As Peanut mentioned, the Cardinal and HFK first joined forces last spring, when the women’s volleyball team spoke at an assembly with HFK at Charles Armstrong School in Belmont.
“Seeing a program whose primary interest is building character in kids through Coach Wooden’s Pyramid is just exciting,” said Stanford head coach John Dunning. “Coach Wooden’s Pyramid has helped so many people throughout the years and it is neat to partner with Harper for Kids and to see that translated for kids.”
Subsequently, the women’s volleyball program has been working with HFK to develop an affiliation that will run throughout the school year, incorporating book readings of Coach Wooden’s children’s book “Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success,” school assemblies, class visits to the Stanford campus, and a season-long curriculum around the Pyramid of Success that launched at its first home match on September 4.
Stanford plans to share the Pyramid of Success with its audience at each home match by highlighting one block of the pyramid each time the team competes at Maples Pavilion. Kids 8th grade and under are encouraged to pick up a HFK handout at the marketing table at each match; each handout will have comments from a Stanford player on why that block is important, a study tip from that player, plus a tear-off portion where kids can write in where they saw Stanford exemplify that block during the match. They can then turn in their observations at the marketing table to be entered into a drawing for a special prize from Stanford women’s volleyball and Harper for Kids. All entries at each match will be saved for a drawing at the end of the year for a handful of grand prizes, so kids are encouraged to enter at each match - the more matches at which they participate, the more chance they will have of winning at the end of the season!
“We’re excited to partner with Harper for Kids to offer these prizes,” Coach Dunning noted. “And, maybe that’s what initially interests kids, but we hope that the reason they stay interested is because they see the value in applying the Pyramid to their lives.”
Principals and teachers: if you are interested in having Harper for Kids program at your school, please contact Tim and Peanut Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org.