One of the core principles we taught 18 USA players on the Crowell Italian Basketball Tour was the principle of networking.

The common, ordinary way of living is clinging to the comfortable, the normal, and the people you know.

The uncommon, extraordinary way of living is to embrace the uncomfortable and to reach out to people you don’t know.

37 USA citizens gather together for the first time to form the Crowell Italian Basketball Tour.

This tour presented each of us an opportunity to network, to build relationships, and to form long lasting friendships.

This network opportunity was not limited to the group of 37. At NBC ITALIA, in Castel di Sangro, we spent days with Greek and Italian coaches and basketball players. At San Di Giovanni, more opportunities to network with more amazing Italian athletes.

The beauty of honest, loving, and generous networking has given 37 of us new friends in the USA, Italy, and Greece.

In the USA alone, each of us have made new friends in Alaska, California, Washington, and more.

The ranch family in Montana can now visit the Alaska village in remote Alaska.

No one was a better master of the network principle than the king of kings, the Lord of lords, the prince of peace, the Alpha and the Omega, that’s Jesus Christ.

Psalm 19 begins with these words “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them.”

Rome shouts loudly to the glory and majesty of Jesus Christ for those willing to slow down, watch, and listen.

2,000 years ago Jesus began networking.

Charlemagne remarked, of all the navies that have ever sailed, all the kings that ever reigned put together, no one has impacted this world like Jesus Christ

For me I can say without reservation that Jesus Christ has impacted my life far greater than all other aspects of life combined.

The NBC Italian coaching staff picture is a living proof example of the power of networking. Today is the day we can network, with love we can serve people, we can encourage people, and we can reach out to new people. What are you? What joy and what a privilege to network.