Acclaimed coach to talk to North Warren youth about character

CHESTERTOWN - This Sunday, a retired Saratoga Springs high school basketball coach will be presenting several sessions to North Warren area youth about respectful conduct on the court and off.

Rich Johns, 35-year coach at Saratoga High, has delivered a message of "Act with Respect Always" to about a dozen high schools and campuses.

The Dec. 11 session of the Chester-Horicon Youth Basketball program will feature Rich Johns as guest speaker, and he'll be offering brief presentations at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Parents of children who play in any of the Youth Commission sports programs are invited to attend one of the free presentations at the North Warren Central School's gymnasium.

Johns guided Saratoga high school teams to 17 league titles, nine sectional titles and one of his squads to a Section II record with a 85-game winning streak.

Johns seeks to prompt student athletes to evaluate their own character, recognize its impact on others, and to strive to develop positive personal traits in athletics and life. Using eight positive character traits as the foundation of his campaign, Johns now spreads his message to students and coaches in school districts across the region. His organization and a summary of his message can be viewed at:


Bringing Johns to North Warren are Youth Commission representatives Mindy Conway, interim executive director, and Ron Lewis, a volunteer board member, in conjunction with Jeremy Whipple from the North Warren athletic department.

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