Transform and Win

It is awesome when you can combine winning with transforming lives. BOTH are possible. 

Here below is solid proof from Sandusky St Mary's Central Catholic Girls Cross Country Team.
Virtue = Strength,
Lou Judd

Just a quick note to let you know how our father-daughter night went.  We had lots of wonderful tributes, tons of hugs and a few tears, but mostly an experience that will not soon be forgotten.  To me the best part of the evening was listening to the dads tell each of the girls how special and beautiful they were.  Several fathers complimented their daughters on how they live their faith each and every day and are not afraid to stand up for what is right.  It is so important for these girls to hear that their faith is visible and to hear their dads tell them how proud they are to see and experience it.

About half of our girl's team is made up of Freshmen and many of the dads didn't really know each other very well.  I can report that has changed.  The evening went on longer than we had anticipated, no one seemed to want to leave.  If the girl's didn't need to get home to do homework the evening would have lasted even longer.

My favorite part of the evening was a hug from one of the dads as he left thanking me "for the opportunity to say in front of everyone how much I love my daughter.  I needed to be here. I work and have missed so much, thank you".   That made all the preparation for the evening worth all of my efforts.

We have a great bunch of girls on our cross country team.  Cross country is different in many ways from other sports.  It takes a lot of determination and self motivation.  You are part of a team, but so much of what you do is very individualized.  Each race you are running against others, but you are really racing against your personal best time.  There are no cheerleaders on the side lines, no timeouts, no one else to step in to give you a break, just you and a clock.  
I'm not saying that other sports are any less difficult, I am only saying that running is different.  This group of girls run their races to the best of their abilities, but embrace the concept of team as much as they can.  They warm up together, do their team cheer, pray and then race.  When the race is over they are at the finish waiting for their teammates to come through the chute.  They truly are developing together spiritually, emotionally and physically into beautiful young women.  Coach Leech and I feel honored to be a small part of it.

We have one more special evening; our Mother Appreciation Night on Wednesday.  Several mother's have already asked why we choose to have an evening with dad.  They should have received their invitation today, so we will not be in hot water with the moms!!  Letters are written, flowers are ordered, cookies will be baked and ready.  We will let you know how it goes.
Thanks for all of your support.

Just wanted to let you know that our girls' team won the Conference meet today.  It was truly a team effort and they won with great humility.
This is the first girls' SBC Championship for  SMCC in any sport in 21 years.  We are really proud of our girls and their great effort.
Not to cut the boys team short- they had a great race too. Our boys tied for second and ended up in third with the tie breaker. 
We are expecting continued great things from them as we set our sites on Saturday's District Race.
Our virtue this week...Determined!
Like football, it is pretty special to be able to compete the way we do against the big schools in the SBC Conference.
Onward to Districts!