So I was cheering as I read this article about a coach at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah who suspended all 80 players on his football team until they cleaned up their act. There was bullying, poor school performance, disrespect to teachers, etc. that needed to stop. So the players had to prove themselves through community service, character education, study hall and service within their families to re-earn a spot on the team.
“I think football molds character,” Labrum said. “We want to help our parents raise their sons. We want to be a positive influence. We want to be an asset.”
The players were devastated after the initial meeting, but as the team is coming together again and they are learning life lessons, their attitudes are changing. Only two of the eight team captains stayed the same. This is from one of them:
“I still have the love for it [football] and everything,” he said Monday while leaning on a shovel he was using to remove weeds as part of his community service. “But it helped me realize, it’s not all about football.”
I love this! I love every part of it. I love the coach for being brave enough to hold his players accountable. I love the administration and parents for standing behind him. I love the players for rising to the challenge and becoming better young men. This will be a winning season for Union High School no matter what the scoreboard says.
Bravo! Standing ovation from me.