John Wooden's great-granddaughter pays him tribute
Ashlyn Wooden, the 13-year-old great-granddaughter of UCLA coach and inspirational figure John Wooden, led a tribute in his honor at her Newport Beach elementary school.As part of a special morning flag ceremony on Friday, Ashlyn read, "Ode to John Wooden," which she had composed for a class writing assignment on a person of significance or inspiration.
"Like the Pyramid of Success you do your personal best…" is part of the 36-line poem she read to a crowd of more than 400 of her peers, teachers and the many attending school parents at Andersen Elementary on Friday morning.
The K-6 school remains a memorial to Wooden's philosophies of personal achievement and teamwork.
"Because he's part of our Andersen family, we decided to do something a little extra," Principal Mary Monos told the Daily Pilot. "We always honor him, but especially now we want the children to remember him and the great things he's taught us."
Ashlyn's parents, Bridget and Greg Wooden, who is grandson to John Wooden, were also in attendance to support their daughter and honor their family legacy.
-- Sarah Peters, reporting for the Daily Pilot
Photo: Ashlyn Wooden, right, reads "Ode to John Wooden" a poem about her great-grandfather, John Wooden, during assembly at Andersen Elementary. Credit: Daily Pilot
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