First Post for New Athletic Program

This is the first week of the new Student Athlete Program. This program is designed to improve the character, sportsmanship and leadership of high school athletes.  This program should be fun and engaging. It is not supposed to be “one more thing” or “something you have to do.”  Each week we will focus on a different trait.   Season 1 …

Baseball Player Called the N Word

Baltimore Oriole outfielder, Adam Jones, was called the N word during a game at Fenway Park in Boston. The same fans threw a bag of peanuts at him. The fans were immediately kicked out of the game, but Jones wanted more action taken. After an investigation by the Red Sox, the identified fans were banned for life from Fenway Park. …

Sportsmanship Defined

Mitchell McKee, a 15-year old freshmen discovered that his dad had terminal cancer and that he would undoubtedly die from this dreaded disease sooner rather than later. In an effort to take the pain away, even for a moment, Mitchell set a goal to win the state championship in wrestling as a sophomore. Fast forward 9 months and Mitchell found …

“We Put a Huge Premium on Body Language”

“We put a huge premium on body language, and if your body language is bad you will never get in the game…EVER!” These are the words of Geno Auriemma, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, UConn, the man that has led his team to 11 national championships. He claims that recruiting “enthusiastic” “upbeat” kids is tougher today than ever. The reason is that …

Basketball Players Stand Up for Downs Syndrome Cheerleader

During a basketball game at Lincoln Middle School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a cheerleader with Downs Syndrome was being picked on by some students in the crowd. Noticing this atrocious behavior, three basketball players walked off the court and addressed the issue head on. They told the students to knock it off and would not continue the game until the bullying …

Tom Brady’s Toughest Fan

10-year-old Logan Schoenhardt has been battling cancer most of his life. He has endured 6 brain surgeries. Before his 6th and final brain surgery, he asked the surgeon to engrave the number 12 in the side of his skull – the number of his idol – Tom Brady. The little guy had been through so much, his parents agreed saying, …

Inspirational Blog #2: The Power of Encouragment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNoFJzS53c4 Joe’s Perspective: Enough said! The kid couldn’t do it. 4 times he tried, 4 times he failed. The kids then surrounded him, said a chant that I loosely translated to say, “we believe in you. You can do it.” Then, the kid tries it again and succeeds. Imagine if we did this in America when a kid misses a …

Inspirational Blog #1 – Looking out for the Little Guy

Unbeknownst to the coaches, the football players at Olivet Middle School decided to honor Keith Orr. Keith is a teammate who is learning disabled and emotionally impaired, and the players wanted to acknowledge him for who he is. As the quarterback, Parker Smith said, ‘We thought it would be cool to do something for him.”  So, they decided to get …

Colin Kaepernick: Hypocrite or Activist?

Colin Kaepernick is a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers and his actions this week put him squarely in the crossfire of controversy. Before every pre-season game this season, he decided to sit for the national anthem. This time, however, a reporter spoted it and “broke the story.” Following this week’s game against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick’s locker was …

Ryan Lochte – What is reputation worth?

Ryan Lochte is the second most decorated American swimmer of all time, winning 12 Olympic medals (six gold, three silver, three bronze). If not for Michael Phelps, we would probably be heralding Ryan as the best Olympic swimmer ever. However, after all that, he will most likely be remembered best for his lies and exaggerations after he finished his races at the …