Rise Up

Happy Easter to all of you!

Overcoming our fears and strengthening our communication skills are two endeavors that are difficult to accomplish.

Sometimes a "third party" coming in and offering a new perspective can be helpful.

We try to do this with our leadership seminars.

I was blessed to accompany Coach Darren Schoppe, his staff and players for a day, striving to help in this matter.

Growth is challenging.

Will you RISE UP?

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd


Dear Lou,

Let me first start by thanking you for spending time away from your wife and children last weekend. I know first hand how difficult it is to spend time away from the family and the strains it puts upon the wife and children. The Bishop Canevin Football team thanks you for your time.

I guess let me start from the beginning... last season was a very difficult season for myself and the Bishop Canevin football team. Last season was my first season as Head coach and a very trying season at best. The team I came to coach was young and inexperienced. We only had two returning starters and only five returning seniors. Only a couple weeks into the season we found ourselves without any of the returning starters and four of the five seniors were out due to injuries. I found myself in a position that I had never been in before with no leadership in the remaining players. After the season ended I knew one of my main priorities in the offseason was to develop better leaders for the coming season.

I now jump ahead to my call to Sports Leader in January. During the process of trying to find a seminar to take a few of my players to I realized that it was not only a few of our players that needed Sports Leader it was a entire team and staff. This past weekend was a reassurance of that decision being so true. Each team member needs to be prepared for being a leader both on and off the field. The seminar on Saturday taught each player and coach the importance of communication. If we had gained nothing more in that day I would have been happy, of course that was not all we learned. Sports Leader has provided us with a structure to better prepare our players to be better leaders long after you walk out of the school. We are looking forward to teaching how Virtue=Strength.

Lou we were so impressed how you were able to gain the teams trust and allow them to open up in the interview portion of the seminar. Your candor and passion for helping Bishop Canevin was shown throughout the day. The Sports Leader program is a direct reflection of you and your passion to help better each and every person you come in contact with. We look forward to putting Sports Leader into action. We could not be happier for what you have taught us. We hope that your next visit to Bishop Canevin, you will see a reflection of what your Sports Leader seminar has taught us.

One last note, on Tuesday following your departure I had one of the highlights of my coaching career. During the seminar you were enlightened to the issue between a couple of our players not speaking for 6 months over a girlfriend. These two individuals were best friends since diapers. During the interview portion of the day both players spoke about the situation and how they wished they could move past the situation and work upon rebuilding a friendship. I was not sure how sincere either player was during the seminar. On Tuesday morning I was elated to look over in our weight room to see both of those individuals working together for the first time in six months. I witnessed first hand the true blessings of the Sports Leader Program.

Please keep up the great work. Your ministry of helping others does not go unnoticed. Your rewards are far greater then one player and one team.

Darren Schoppe 
Head Football Coach 
Bishop Canevin High School

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SportsLeader is a virtue-based mentoring and motivation program for coaches.


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.

Schedule includes video clips, small group discussions, presentations, team reflection & planning for a leadership council.

These seminars are for high school and college young men's teams.

Once we have more interest from girls teams we will roll those out as well.

Head Coach, 2-3 Asst Coaches and 6-12 potential captains / leaders.

Email us if you have any questions.

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.

Contact Lou Judd for more info at 859.512.2572

Future dates are as follows.

May 3rd at South Lyon HS in South Lyon, MI

May 10th at Wyoming HS in Cincinnati, OH

May 17th at Franklin County HS in Frankfort, KY

June 28th at Naperville Central HS in Naperville, IL

Many coaches complain about a lack of leadership.

Let's do something about it!

Virtue = Strength, Lou Judd 
SportsLeader Manual to Teach Virtue

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