Impactful Parent Meetings Are A MUST

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At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.

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High schools across the country are preparing for the start of the 2015-16 school year. As most of us know this involves much thought and preparation. Included in that preparation for many athletic departments are parent meetings to go over rules, regulations, fees, schedules, etc... However, one high school in Ohio, Licking Valley High School decided to do more for their annual student athlete-parent meeting. They asked SportsLeader to come in and talk to student athletes and parents alike about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse that are claiming more and more lives in our country.


Athletic Director of Licking Valley High School, Mark McCullough, who has served as the AD there for five years had recently included a video of drug/alcohol abuse provided by the Ohio High School Athletic Association in his annual fall student athlete parent meeting but he wanted MORE, felt compelled to offer MORE. So, this past Monday, he invited SportsLeader to conduct a 45 minute presentation on drug/alcohol abuse as a part of that student athlete-parent meeting.


Licking Valley High School Athletic Director, Marc McCullough---being a proactive leader in helping the students and parents at Licking Valley!!


School leaders having to educate parents and student-athletes alike about the realities of drug/alcohol abuse is becoming more and more a necessity. The world our young people live in is much, much more different than the world we experienced when we were young and many parents are unaware of just how different it is. We CANNOT be naive about this reality they live in! That reality includes an abundance of dangers and temptations including drugs and alcohol. SportsLeader is committed to helping educators inform their people about those realities. Our children are far too dear to chance!


One Licking Valley parent was so impacted from the program they felt compelled to write a thank you letter to Athletic Director Mark McCullough and SportsLeader. Below is the letter:

Dear Chris & Mark,

I would like to say I really appreciated the speech last night addressing drugs and addiction. Earlier this summer my family had an eye opening experience when we found out our son had been smoking marijuana with his buddies. When we found out and addressed it (we cornered him with a drug test and told him if he didn't tell the truth and the test came back positive it would be worse) he spilled his guts. We found out with who, where, where he was getting it, how he paid for it, everything. I have to brag for a second; I feel that my husband and me handled it well, very well. However, when we brought to his friends' parents attention (I felt that they should know, we would have wanted to know if it was the other way around) they believed their child, who was obviously lying. So, again thank you for organizing this meeting to maybe help open parent's eyes. I am from Marion, Ohio. Marion has quite an issue with heroin. I have watched Marion struggle trying to control their heroin addiction issue. I would hate for something like this to happen to the Licking Valley Community. I would definitely like to see more of these meetings with parents and children together.

A Concerned Parent


We at SportsLeader urge you to include your parents more in your programs! Thank you Marc McCullough and the whole Licking Valley administration for taking the initiative to do that very thing....with all of us working together we can make an even greater difference in the lives of our young people!

Chris Willertz 
SportsLeader: Virtue = Strength!