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About danblanchard

Parent, Educator, Author Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author and Speaker, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Since then, Dan has successfully completed twelve years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Writing Project. He was chosen by the American Federation of Teachers as their face and voice of educational reform. Dan has authored the two dynamic teen leadership books, Feeling Lucky? and Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series, Feeling Strong! will be out next winter. As an educator, coach, author, and speaker Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy.

HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 26)

Blog 26 Week 12 Regular Freshman Season             The season is over, but it really isn’t over, yet. Sore, bruised, and scratched up, Dakota is back in my Subaru right in the middle of another New England snowstorm. We’re heading out on this Monday morning to a neighboring town for Dakota to work out [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 25)

Blog 25 Week 12 Regular Freshmen Season         This is it! Dakota’s last week. Do or die. Right here. Right now. No second chances for him to end his freshman wrestling season on a good note. I’ve been bringing him to the gym when I can to ride the stationary bike lightly, so he [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 24)

Blog 24 Week 11 Regular Season Freshman Year             The beginning of this week has been a blur, and I have barely been able even to notice the wrestling season that is winding down. Sadly, wrestling has taken a back seat lately since Dakota has been injured and I’ve been running myself dizzy with [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 23)

Blog 23 Week 10 Regular Season Freshman Year      It’s been tough. Real tough. Dakota has spent his entire life so far as the only boy in a family of seven. He even has a female dog. But recently he felt like he finally found his sport, his team, and the right group of [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 22)

Blog 22 Week 9 Regular Season Freshman Year             Well, we survived shoveling our 640-foot dirt-driveway in the frigid cold, snow, and ice this weekend. But outside of doing what we had to do to survive and be able to function in another New England storm, there wasn’t much else happening for Dakota. The [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 21)

Blog 21 Week 8 Regular Season Freshman Year     Dang! Just as Dakota was starting to turn the corner and really step up his game! This last weekend might have been his best performance in a varsity tournament so far… But here we are again running into some very frustrating obstacles at the beginning of [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 20)

Blog 20 Week 7 Regular Season Freshman Year Dang! Another crazy weekend that was overflowing with a ton of stress from things that were outside of just the regular family issues and sports. Unfortunately, Dakota and I didn’t do any night workouts at all. However, even though we had an overwhelming, and stressful weekend, it [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 19)

Blog 19 Week 6 Regular Season Freshman Year We’re finishing up Christmas vacation, and beginning the New Year. This has been a rough vacation in some ways. Early Sunday morning while I was busily working on writing my next book, my boy Dakota came downstairs and greeted me wearing an anxious and troubled face again. [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 18)

Blog 18 Week 5 Regular Season Freshman Year             This is a different kind of week. It’s Christmas vacation, and we’re all surrounded by delicious weight-gaining food. And the wrestlers, including Dakota, are not exempt from this holiday phenomena. Dakota is really struggling with his weight this week, as I’m sure the rest of [...]

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HITTING THE MAT: The Making of A State Champ or At Least A Good Man! (Blog 17)

Blog 17 Week 4 Regular Season Freshmen Year The former state champ doorman, Tony, was the same as always. He was extra pleasant and wore that million dollar smile. However, when I entered the back gym’s wrestling room, something was different… The coach was really pushing the boys hard tonight; even more than usual. He [...]

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