Throughout my career motivated individuals have surrounded me. This inspiration at times was tough to feel during the daily grind, and other times the real life energy was obvious. When our paths cross, I am proud to see that the athletes come up to me for a handshake or high five and the stories they remind me about put an instant smile on my face.
This new segment will showcase the letters that many have written, myself or the athletes and coaches that I have worked with; to share their inspiration with those we call “teammates.” As you read through the messages that are shared, please remember that what is inside you can separate you from the rest. Look around and you may be surprised how many others are in need of just a little enthusiasm to push them closer to their goals: professionally, physically, mentally, etc.
I will begin with a letter that I sent to a team that I am still very proud of to this day. No names needed. Just a sincere message that I hope can impact others to pay it forward by giving energy to those around them.
Please leave your feedback in the comments section at the bottom. How are you preparing your team, coaches, administrators, staff, co-workers, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers to have a positive mindset in both good and challenging times?
I trust you are coming off a successful lacrosse season and an even a greater high school career. With summer rapidly approaching, it is time to shift your focus toward your collegiate endeavors. We pride ourselves on our ability to outwork our opponents and this competitive advantage begins the first day of summer. You are now officially a member of our team and as such, you are now held to a higher standard. That stems from the classroom to the athletic field and everything in between. It is a great privilege to be given a locker, however every bit of that privilege is earned.
You were recruited as a student athlete because you displayed the characteristics we value: hard work, determination, and a relentless desire to put the team first. These attributes distinguish you and enable the program to continue as an elite perennial contender for the National Championship. The way we are able to maintain this reputation is through the aforementioned values we pride ourselves upon. It is now your responsibility as an incoming freshman to live up to these standards. I challenge you to push yourself this summer, getting bigger, faster, and stronger. Use the time off to take your game to the next level by improving your stick skills. As you will quickly learn, everyone at the DI level is a great player and there are no easy games on our schedule. It takes unyielding focus and a year round commitment to perfection to achieve our goals.
I look forward to seeing you this fall. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.