A Ceremony That Can Transform Your Team

 

 
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One of the pillars of SportsLeader is CEREMONY. This is one of the things that sets us apart. The Father-Son Jersey Night is one of those ceremonies that should be a part of every season, on every team. Everywhere.

The purpose of this ceremony is to give every Father and Male Role Model the opportunity to affirm their sons in a public fashion. Every Dad is asked to tell their son that they love them (and why), that they are proud of them (specifically for x,y,z) and describe what they are great at ... their accomplishments.

The Men's Lacrosse team at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio was the first College team to attempt this and I was blessed to be able to attend.

If you'd like to take a look at what it is like from a video perspective click on this link

Coach Rosaschi invited the Dads to write a letter to their sons in the case that they could not attend in person. But amazingly almost all of the Dads came in person, some driving 15 hours one way ...

Here below are some testimonials from the event.

If you've never done this and you'd like to learn more please respond to this email.

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
SportsLeader

 
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Lou- the one word that keeps coming up describing Jersey night is "Amazing"

I think all of the parents thought it was great.

My wife thought it was just fabulous. She was effusive in her praise for how well the evening went.

Personally, words would fail to convey the emotion and love that was expressed and felt last night. It was a beautiful evening.

Our manager, who will be playing for us next year, thought it was the best team bonding moment he has ever seen, and he has played on high level lacrosse basketball and football teams. I thank you for the platform and the impetus to put this on.

Thank you for being here to share the evening.

Pete Rosaschi 
Head Coach, Mens Lacrosse 
Franciscan University of Steubenville

 
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Dear Coach Rosaschi,

We really enjoyed our trip to Franciscan! It was so nice to meet you. You really care about the team and each young man. How fortunate they are to have such a great mentor! The game was difficult, but knowing that only a few boys have ever played lacrosse is really why. It is a game that requires years to acquire the skills needed. Picking up a lacrosse stick in college for the first time makes for almost impossible wins when you have to compete against teams with seasoned players. Getting a team with enough experienced players will take time.

Teaching the young men the virtues every week is fantastic! As I said the other evening the lacrosse players may not be winning on the field, but they are definitely winning in the game of life as they are faith filled and virtuous. It was an inspiring evening. I left grateful that my son was blessed to be affiliated with you as a coach and with peers of such a high moral character. God must be well pleased as Doug and I are.

A Grateful Parent

 

Hey Lou,

The ceremony was wonderful, I was sitting there thinking how great it would be to do something like that with my Dad even though we have a great relationship and he tells me those things. It would still be quite powerful. I think the biggest thing to me was when I saw the team manager Josiah the next day and without being prompted he started to say how amazing it was.

I never played any sports at the collegiate level, I spent most of my time covering the revenue sports at Syracuse for a student TV studio. I did however play soccer in high school and certainly will play any pick-up sport at the drop of a hat.

Thanks, 
Josh (University Media Director)