HS FB Player Helps Elderly Man at 6 AM

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We are very proud of one of our SportsLeader athletes Michael Kolzow for his tremendous and immediate display of virtue. Congratulations as well to his head coach Mike Stine and coach Marc Anderson who have instilled such excellent strength in their young men over the years. THANK YOU!

Michael Kolzow helps elderly man in need

Much like he did on the football field last fall, Naperville Central junior wide receiver/defensive back Michael Kolzow just read the play and reacted.

On a recent Monday morning, Kolzow was heading out to his 6 a.m. weightlifting session at school when he saw an elderly man standing in his neighbor's driveway.

Kolzow picks up the story from there.

 
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"I saw this older man at the end of the neighbor's driveway across the street, and I really wasn't sure if he was homeless or just lost. I got into my car and the closer I looked I saw that he had no coat on. I drove across the street and rolled down the window and asked him if he was OK. He really didn't say anything, and I could tell something was wrong. He then said something like, 'I need help,' so I got out of the car and walked over to him. It was freezing and he wanted to get into my car but just couldn't really move. So I picked him up and put him in my car and called 911."

 
Naperville Central 2013 State Ring

Michael helped Naperville Central win the 2013 Illinois 8A State Football Championship

Within minutes it was determined that the 91-year-old man was suffering from dementia. He walked from his house -- two blocks away-- before making it to the driveway across the street from the Kolzow's home.

The elderly man was home within minutes back in his warm home and his family. The family remains grateful and is calling Kolzow their hero.

 
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So is Kolzow a hero?

"I just did what I hope anyone else would have done in that same situation," he said.

Kolzow did what he's done a thousand times on the football field: He just made the right read and reacted.

 
Naperville Central Kolzow Article
 

We held our first athlete leadership seminar over the weekend in Cincinnati and it was an awesome experience.

We had 8 teams, approximately 53 players and about 15 coaches.

McNicholas Football, Badin basketball, Franciscan University of Steubenville Rugby, Hamilton football, Deer Park football, Walnut Hills football, Louisville St Xavier football and McNicholas soccer …

 
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SportsLeader will be offering 5 more Leadership Seminars thus far this Spring & Summer.

A number of other schools have contacted us asking if we would come to their State or their school ...

The schools hosting are schools who have embraced the SportsLeader program.

If you would like more information on what that would entail please respond to this email.

The dates we have scheduled are as follows:

April 5th at Beavercreek HS in Dayton OH

April 11th at Bishop Canevin HS in Pittsburgh PA

May 3rd at South Lyon HS in South Lyon MI

May 10th at Wyoming HS in Cincinnati OH

Possible June 28 or July 25 at Naperville Central in Naperville IL


The main focus of the seminar is to help our young men better understand that they need to take full personal ownership of their team.

Too many young men passively expect the coaches to lead the team.

We are going to equip them on how exactly to run a leadership council, how to help the communication process and how to address strengths and weaknesses in a positive and encouraging fashion.

Many coaches complain about a lack of leadership.

Let's do something about it!

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
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