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Letter from the Head Football Coach and Principal of Eminence High School
To: Lou Judd
From: Steve Frommeyer
SportsLeader Coach is a Hometown Hero
Last night a player's mother e-mailed me a copy of a essay her son wrote that she stumbled across. He had been given the assignment by his English teacher to write and essay and deliver it by memory with no notes for a public speaking lesson. It should be noted that this particular English teacher could not stand the football program because she felt it just promoted vice and stupidity. Now she loves the football program. This young man won the public speaking contest.
This player is one of the nastiest, toughest, tight lipped, macho players on the team. A senior ball player.
I am so happy that God chose to use me as an instrument to convey love to this young man.
Here is the essay:
There are many ways to classify a hero. One might classify a hero as a savior, while another might classify one as someone they look up to for advice or as a role model. I classify a hero as someone who has great advice and sets examples that I hope to set when I’m older. My hometown hero is my varsity football coach!
A new week starts every Monday morning at six fifteen down in the Boys’ locker room. He walks into a quiet, sleepy locker room that’s filled with Varsity and Junior Varsity football players. His first words are, “ virtue of the day is…” and will say a word that has great moral value for later in life! Such words he has used are love, honesty, trust, sympathy, loyalty, faith and courage. He does this before every practice because besides being just a football coach he also wants to be a part of our young lives and have an influence on us. I never really paid much attention to this until this year when I became a senior and knew I was considered a leader. It was always one of those things that went in one ear and out the other.
School hadn’t started yet, but practice had already begun. I was sitting up in the weight room along with all my other fellow teammates listening to our coach give his pre-practice speech like always. We were scattered out around the weight room and I was sitting on the blue square wood box when coach said, “virtue of the day is…” I can’t remember what word he used, but I do remember saying to myself, “Maybe I should pay attention for once and take note?” Ever since that summer day, sitting on that blue square wood box up in that hot weight room with all my gear on, I have paid extra close attention to his advice.
Being a senior and having the responsibility of being a leader, I have listened to the virtue of the day word and then tried to show it on and off the field to my teammates, my friends and along with my community. I believe that listening to the virtue of the day before every practice has made me grown into a more matured man. It has really made me see and think differently at things that I used to think was pointless. I used to think a little lie was nothing, or I used to always talk about people like I was better when I didn’t understand the position they were in. I didn’t have sympathy for others. I was always one of these guys that had hard feelings for people until I listened to my coach. Now, I’m the type of guy that wants to be there for people when needed and I always look at the situation people are in before I talk.
Another reason I consider him my hometown hero is because a couple weeks back a teammate got into some substances that has trouble written all over it. Coach found out and he had a talk with this young individual before a Tuesday practice. Later on during practice I went up to my teammate and I said, “Hey, what’d coach say?” He told me that coach just said to stop doing what he is doing and that if he needed someone to talk to that to talk to him! It didn’t suprise me how coach reacted but just gave me another reason why he is a hometown hero. He is willing to help each and every one of our lives. It shows that he cares and he doesn’t just do a virtue of the day just because, but because he wants to be a part of our young lives and have a big impact on our lives.
My varisty football coach has made a huge difference in my life and it’s only been two years since I have really gotten to know the guy. He is an amazing guy, coach and friend. He is someone that I feel comfortable around to talk about anything anytime. He understands more than most of our parents and has a huge heart, especially for his players. If you ever get that chance to chat with him do it because I’ll guarantee you will walk away loving the guy! I couldn’t of asked for a better coach and friend! I hope someday I can have an impact on young children’s lives just like he has on mine!
There are many ways to classify a hero. One might classify a hero as a savior, while another might classify as someone they look up to for advice or as a role model. I classify a hero as someone who has great advice, and sets examples that I hope to set when I’m older. My hometown hero is my varsity football coach!
Families grow closer together
After practice one day, a man approached the head coach of a SportsLeader sports team and proceeded to give him a huge hug. The coach had no idea who he was and was a bit startled by this gesture. However, the man was quick to inform the coach that he was the uncle of one of his players. The hug was his way of saying thank you to the coach for all that he had done for his 9-year-old nephew through the SportsLeader program. Every Sunday he would have dinner with his brother's family and his nephew would share virtue stories he had learned from his coach. As a result of the 9-year-old's example, the family has grown closer.
Boys learn respect and service
There was 7th grade boy who was interested in playing basketball. However, the other boys in his class were not very charitable towards him so he did not try out for the team. He was a target and was picked on every day at school. This all changed when a SportsLeader coach began working with the boys. This coach challenged the boys to be charitable and respectful of others. The boys soon took the SportsLeader message to heart and they began befriending and defending him.
During the off season, this coach leads virtue and weight lifting sessions on Saturday mornings at the local community center. The young man, who was once the target of so much ridicule, showed up one morning and asked the coach if he could join the team.
He went on to share his whole experience with the coach and said that he wanted to play basketball so he could learn how to become a man who used his will to serve others.
Teams achieve more than victory
After struggling through a difficult 11 game losing streak, a coach was able to celebrate his first and only victory of the year in the final game of the season. He says that it was his most rewarding victory in his 30 years of coaching because his players showed so much character and virtue in the win. He attributes this success to the SportsLeader program.
Coaches inspire teams to greatness
A letter from an athlete to his coach reads: "Dear Coach, I would like to thank you for all of the hard work that you put into coaching my teammates and I. You are truly a man of virtue and you have helped to share that with us. You've taught us so much about the will, virtue, determination and character. You have made me a better player and a better person. I couldn't have asked for a better coach or team to play for than this one. Even though we didn't make it to the championship this year I will always remember how much I improved this past season. I hope to stay in touch with you through out my high school journey no matter where I end up. Thank you so much."