Bringing Virtue to the Classroom



I recently traveled to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada for a seminar with Athol Murray College of Notre Dame


They are the first high school in Canada to embrace SportsLeader throughout all their sports.

They have also taken it a few steps further: The classroom and their households. Notre Dame is a boarding school for approximately 300 students.


Residential game competitions take place throughout the year and all students are divided into three different teams: Gunner, Woodchopper or Badger Houses. Each House is made up of female and male students who compete as a team in a variety of games and activities; absorbing the spirit of their House as they compete with pride, teamwork and loyalty.

Notre Dame has made the Strength for Life manual into a course that all students will take as part of the four year curriculum. Twice each week the students have a virtue and leadership class where they go though all the elements of the manual in a very thorough manner. They have inspired us to make a digital version of the manual so that every student can have one on their laptop. This will be ready soon.


The coaches and house leaders then build on all that content through mentoring, service and ceremonies.

Notre Dame is committed to developing the whole athlete as well as being known internationally for their athletic success and is one of Canada’s leading hockey development programs for Men’s and Women’s hockey.


They have established themselves internationally as a forerunner in the development of the whole athlete - on and off the ice.

Through a balanced approach, Notre Dame has produced NHL, semi-pro, European, Olympic, NCAA and Canadian college hockey players at a disproportionately high rate.


Currently 20 Hound alumni are NHLers, including Brad Richards, Vincent Lecavalier, Braydon Coburn, Jaden Schwartz, Rene Bourque, Willy Mitchell, Jordan Eberle, Sean Couturier, Tyler Myers, Teddy Purcell, and Keith Aulie, while Trotz,Patrick & Brind'Amour are now coaches.


I was blessed to be able to present our Virtue Program to the entire staff: Administration, Teachers, Coaches, Maintenance, Food Service … everyone. We also had separate conferences for teachers and then again for coaches as well.


It was so inspiring to meet so many men and women who are striving to give more to their student athletes. They are Leaders who have a great vision and a proper perspective on what education is supposed to be.


I hope many other schools around the world will follow their lead and embrace VIRTUE in the classroom and beyond.

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
SportsLeader Strength for Life Manual