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Learning from a Champion / Teaching a Champion

Written by Pipeline Worldwide Co-founder, Jamie Nollette

On behalf of Pipeline Worldwide, we would like to congratulate boxing champion, Terence “Bud” Crawford, for his title win on July 29th over Errol Spence, Jr. Terence traveled with Pipeline to Uganda in 2014 and again in 2015, bringing joy to his fans across Africa. Growing up in the inner-city of Omaha, Nebraska, Terence was a former student in Co-founder, Jamie Nollette’s 4th grade classroom. Then, in the summer of 2014, Jamie and Terence reconnected through Facebook, and 6 weeks later, Terence was on his way to Uganda with the Pipeline team. “Terence’s family and friends still call me ‘Teacher’. Somebody once told him that I’m not a teacher anymore and Terence’s responded that I’m still his teacher.” He said, “She’s still teaching me.” I loved that he said that, and I could say the same thing to him. Terence is my teacher too. He’s told me what it’s like to be a kid on the streets, why most people he knows don’t get married, what it’s like to be an African American in the inner city… What I learned is, that if you want to be a good teacher, you have to be a good listener. We are all on our own journey, and for the most part, we all want the same things. Terence once told me that the reason he didn’t get into trouble in my fourth-grade class was because he knew I cared about him. This was such a wonderful lesson to learn. So thank you, Terence, for being my teacher and letting me be yours” – Jamie Nollette, Co-Founder of Pipeline Worldwide.


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