CARMEL, Ind. – More than 230 supporters of the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon, packed the banquet room of The Mansion at Oak Hill to celebrate the home’s first annual Founder’s Day Celebration.

Keynote speaker Brad Stevens, 34, Butler University men’s basketball coach, told the group, he has learned that success comes, the Butler way – “go out there and do what you need to do.” Stevens credited some of his inspiration as a winning coach to Basketball Hall of Famer and Indiana native John Wooden.

Stevens then outlined four characteristics he uses with his team to become what he hopes will be a winning season. Those four include:

  1. A team must be based on a foundation of character,
  2. How we prepare is early morning (6 a.m.) and evenings (after 6 p.m.). Character needs to be developed at the right pace.
  3. How you perform depends on what you do when the lights are on, meaning during the game.
  4. Coach a new group by working for potential.

Stevens went on to explain that he puts some quote, some saying on each player’s locker every day.

He said he also was inspired by the life of Steve Jobs, who died the day before his talk. He said one thing Jobs said that meant much to him was: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?”

He said what matters in March begins to form on October 14, “when the doors close and we get to work.”

When asked how he can lead so well at his age, he said, he was taught to be a servant leader. He said he first learned that from Coach Matt Painter when he was a coach during Stevens’ student years at DePauw University.

Following Stevens’ presentation, Rich Lapinski, executive director and CEO of the Children’s Home outlined changes coming to the home. He said the home was changing to a new teaching family model reorganized as an evidence-based model of care by the American Psychological Association. He said in this plan, youth will participate more actively in their care at the home.

In order to initiate this plan, the home will be building four new houses, each approximately 6,500 square feet in size and large enough to house eight children and their “house parents.” Lapinski said they would break ground on the first house later this month.

In the closing moments of the luncheon, the home awarded Cathleen Graham, executive director of IAARCA, a state association of 112 children and family services agencies, the Godwin Children’s Champion Award. The award is named after the home’s founder Angie Godwin, who establish the home for orphan children in 1914 at Greencastle, Ind. The home was relocated to Lebanon in 1924.

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Butler Men’s Basketball Coach Brad Stevens, keynote speaker, visits with IUMCH supporters before the Founder’s Day celebration.