SSC-Natick Press Release
U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Natick, MA 01760-5012
Contact: Chief, Public Affairs Office
Date: June 24, 2004
Patriots lineman stresses importance of teamwork
NATICK, Mass. -- Willie McGinest, a defensive lineman for the two-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, spoke at Hunter Auditorium June 14 as part of the Acquisition Support Center's 2004 regional training program.
Hosted by the Northeast Region's New England Customer Support Office, McGinest spoke about the ideas and realities related to effective team building, giving the Natick acquisition work force an insider's look at the true spirit of a successful team.
He told his own personal triumph over a troubled boyhood, always looking at his future in a positive light instead of resigning himself to the wrong path so many of his peers ended up following.
Sports, McGinest stressed, allowed him to bring himself out of a potentially damaging environment and succeed as a member of a group in which everyone adheres to the same philosophy -- "no single player is better than the whole team."
The Soldier Systems Center work force displayed a thrilled sense of team spirit during the program, especially during the question and answer session after his speech.
McGinest circulated throughout the audience and passed around his 2003 Super Bowl championship ring, which he had just received the previous night.
Keeping the atmosphere conversational, McGinest responded to many questions with humor. When one work force member mentioned that his nephew had faced the Patriots on the field, he replied jokingly, "I'm sorry to hear that."
McGinest also responded seriously to questions about dealing with conflict within a team, the importance of the Soldier as a member of a team, and what it means to be a true champion.
As was evidenced by the large amount of positive feedback e-mails received by the Customer Support Office, McGinest brought a renewed sense of team spirit to the acquisition work force.
For more information about the Soldier Systems Center, please visit our workforce at www.natick.army.mil