By Joe Davidson
The annual Character Combine, open for athletes and coaches of all ages, is set for an all-day event Saturday at Vista del Lago High School.
Hosted by ever energetic/passionate Jason Harper, as magnetic and captivating a speaker as you'll ever find, the Character Combine founder will introduce guests who will speak of courage and character through athletics.
Harper opens the event at 9:15 a.m. with a speech on "Fight for your future."
He is followed by:
* Jamie Whitmore, 9:35 a.m. - Valley High School graduate speaks on "Character through Obstacles", the trials and tribulations of her fight with cancer and achieving world-status as a three-time triathlon champion.
* Mark Fainaru-Wada, ESPN, 10:05 - Former San Francisco Chronicle reporter whose book "Game of Shadows" shed light on the Barry Bonds steroids scandal talks about "Character through Loyalty."
* Troy Ellerman, 10:25 a.m. - Author of book "Forging Iron" who was also involved in Bonds grad jury talks about "Character through Failure."
* Kevin Bracy, 11:30 a.m. - Former baseball player and national keynote strategist talks about "Character through Challenge."
* Marck Munoz, 11:30 a.m. - UFC fighter talks about Character through Determination"
* Jerry Manuel, 1:15 p.m. - Former Cordova High School All-American and major league manager with the White Sox and Mets talks about "Character through Consistency."
* Anthony Robles, 2:15 p.m. - NCAA wrestling champion with one leg talks about "Character through Adversity."
* Jason Harper, 2:35 - Character Combine founder with a passionate talk on "Character through Change."
Also at 1 p.m. The Bee's Joe Davidson will present the "Character Combine Coach of the Year" award to Sacramento High girls basketball coach Michele Massari. The Grass Valley native displayed leadership and patience in direction a nationally-recognized program while also dealing with pressure to succeed and honoring her cancer-survivor mother (Tina) by having her players wear pink shoe laces.
For more information: www.charactercombine.com