Pat's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Canada Team

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Philadelphia, PA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 3

PAT CROCE

Entrepreneur/Sports Team Executive/Author

“I believe life should be a bold and daring adventure.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Goals Values Family Hard Work Failure Individualism

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

attitude, challenge, create, customer service, dreams, fitness, health, improvement, medicine, observations, odd jobs, organization, persistence, philosophy, react, sports, taking action, vision quest, volunteering, work ethic

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He grew up down the street from Connie Mack Stadium, where the Phillies played and where his father was an usher.
  • Growing up, he had discipline from his dad, who worked multiple jobs, and the dreaming factor from his mom.
  • Believes it's important to balance your dreaming with you doing; take action on your dreams.
  • He says, "you name it, I did it"; started as a paperboy when he was 11, so he had a work ethic from very early on.
  • He went to college with the dream of playing basketball, but he also had an interest in health, volunteered in a hospital.
  • Finally he was exposed to the field of sports medicine, which combined his two greatest interests.
  • He opened the first sports medicine center in a hospital setting in America; within 10 years, he had 40 locations.
  • Says the most important thing is to ask: "if you don't ask, the answer's always no"; says he only got the Sixers job because persistently asked for it.

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