Johnson City Press: Bob Kesling discusses life changing moments for him

Bob Kesling discusses life changing moments for him

John Thompson • Updated May 23, 2019 at 9:50 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Fourth Annual Steak ‘N’ Burger was once again a success for the Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton-Carter County, even though it fell short of its $30,000 goal for Thursday evening’s donations.

Club member and 2019 Steak ‘N’ Burger Emcee Georgia announced the attendees donated $20,304. The annual Steak ‘N’ Burger is the club’s biggest annual fundraiser.

Keynote Speaker Bob Kesling, director of broadcasting for the Vol Network, set the tone with several inspirational and amusing stories. 

Kesling told a story from his Cub Scout days about his exploits in the 1962 Pinewood Derby in Fort Worth, Texas. Kesling told a group of club members and later told the diners at the Steak ‘N” Burger that he had not planned to compete in the derby because his brother had been working on a racer for two months.

He said his den mother told him he would enter the race even though he only had two hours left to prepare. As a result, he won the derby. He showed the trophy he was awarded for winning.

He said he learned his most valuable life lesson from the den mother. “You have got to compete,” Kesling said. You won’t win them all, but you need to compete.”

Kesling said another lesson came from another woman, legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt. When he asked her for advice, he said he was surprised when Summitt told him she did not know anything about broadcast politics, but it was obvious to her that if he was not satisfied with his achievements “you have got to get better.” She told him he needed to start that night.

“It’s about getting better,” Kesling told the audience. “We have got to encourage young people to get better.”

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