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Join us at our upcoming Sports and Ministry conference March 30 - April 1 in Cincinnati, OH.

I'd like to share some recent experiences with some of our women's teams.

Pittsburgh Seton LaSalle lacrosse and Louisville Sacred Heart basketball.

Coach Brian Klisavage led his team through the SportsLeader Stations of the Cross Workout.

I showed the Stations Challenge to my captains and asked them what they thought. Immediately they said they wanted to do it. They then put together a workout of exercises specific to each station to make each station meaningful. For instance, when Jesus falls they do a plank. We added some Christian music and it was a truly powerful experience. As one of the girls said "intense." Every member of the team took each station and each exercise seriously. Perhaps the best comment was from a senior who explained that normally she would yell or grunt when doing some of these steps, but "I knew I couldn't because Jesus suffered so much more than this."

Brian Klisavage 
Seton-La Salle Catholic High School 
Social Studies Department Chair 
Activities Director 
Pro-Life Director 
Girls Lacrosse Coach

Click here for more information on the SportsLeader Stations of the Cross Workout Challenge

Click here for the full script on how to do the SportsLeader Stations of the Cross Workout.

Here below is a short video.

 
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Coach Donna Moir, who is also the AD at Sacred Heart, shared the following:

Sacred Heart basketball program just finished up the 4 pilliars of the SportsLeader program. We started out the basketball season with a retreat at one of our players homes. Having such a young team it was good to share stories and get to know one another off the court. Having the whole program together set the tone for us to support each other during the season.

The Dad/Daughter jersey ceremony was a great experience hearing the dad’s express their feelings for their daughters.

At our rosary rally we had all the local girls catholic schools come to the Ursuline Chapel to all pray together. It was very moving because we compete against each other but can all come together in prayer.

We just ended with our 4th pillar the Mother/Daughter letter ceremony. I think this was the one of the hardest for the players, but a very rewarding experience. Having to get up in front of your team and talk to your mom is a tough thing to do as a teenager. We are lucky that our players have parents that are active in their lives and hopefully the SportsLeader program will keep our players connected to their families.

I think the SportsLeader program was a success for our basketball program and we look forward to implementing it into some of our other athletic programs in the future.

Coach Donna Moir 
Athletic Director | Varsity Basketball Coach 
Sacred Heart Academy 
3175 Lexington Road 
Louisville, KY 40206

 
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SportsLeader Letters to Mom Ceremony at Louisville Sacred Heart High School

 

Let's help our young ladies draw closer to Christ and one another through sports.

Join us at our upcoming Sports and Ministry conference March 30 - April 1 in Cincinnati, OH.

And if you haven't done the SportsLeader Stations of the Cross workout yet ... we challenge you!

 
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You can use this Challenge as a means to evangelize as well.

Coach Klisavage sent this message to the other schools in his area:

Dear Principals and Athletic Directors,

As the girls lacrosse coach at Seton-La Salle Catholic High School I am sending to you the attached links to invite your athletic teams to take on the SportsLeader Stations of the Cross Challenge during this Lenten season. My team met the challenge and we will be doing the Stations workout again this Friday. Basically the coaches and/or captains design a workout of 14 exercises that are done as prayer for each station of the cross. My student-athletes grew spiritually from the experience and are looking forward to doing it again.

Please share the links with your coaches and perhaps challenge other Catholic schools to do the same. Feel free to e-mail any questions that you or your coaches might have. You may also check out the SportsLeader website for more information.

 
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