General Testimonial

Sports have been part of my life ever since I can remember. When I was young I loved playing games outside with neighbors. Though these activities were not organized sports, they taught me about how to interact in social settings. As I grew and engaged in more organized sports, I learned about the importance of being active and keeping my body physically healthy. This eventually paved the way for my interest in my current profession,... Read More

Sports have been part of my life ever since I can remember. When I was young I loved playing games outside with neighbors. Though these activities were not organized sports, they taught me about how to interact in social settings. As I grew and engaged in more organized sports, I learned about the importance of being active and keeping my body physically healthy. This eventually paved the way for my interest in my current profession, physical therapy. What I consider to be the most positive outcome I experienced from participating in sports though is building a relationship with my father. He coached almost every sport and team I played on. I didn’t know it at the time, but because of sports, my father became one of my biggest mentors and someone I continually strive to be like. Through his coaching I learned about sportsmanship and the value of teamwork, dedication, perseverance, passion, and not just winning but enjoying the game; all of which carry over into life outside of sports. He taught me to treat everyone with respect and love, to encourage not put down, and to be a mentor for those in need. I am beyond blessed with the experiences that God has given me. Sports are not for every child, but any that desire to participate should be given the opportunity because there is no telling how sports may affect their life.

Andrew O'Donnel

"Growing up I was always considered to be one of the heavier kids. I ate whatever I wanted without any regard for the health implications or the need to balance my intake with activity. My weight remained a problem all the way into high school. It was not until I moved to college that I decided to become more active and take back my health. I started going to the gym, not really knowing what... Read More

"Growing up I was always considered to be one of the heavier kids. I ate whatever I wanted without any regard for the health implications or the need to balance my intake with activity. My weight remained a problem all the way into high school. It was not until I moved to college that I decided to become more active and take back my health. I started going to the gym, not really knowing what to do but all the while still trying my best. Over time, the habit of going to the gym and exercising became more than just an activity, but a lifestyle. I became a new person that no longer shied away from the proposals to play frisbee, volleyball, or go for a run. Today, I stand as a young adult that has truly done a 180 and taken their health and strength to new heights. Activity, sports, and just general care for my health has opened so many doors for me and has given me a glimpse of the many other opportunities that await as I continue on this path of healthy and active living!"

Brendon Martin
Director of Student Health Interdisciplinary Program (SHIP) / University of Florida

I spent 40 years in Public Education. In my opinion participation in extra curricular activities is vital to the development of an individual. Athletics is number one on my list. There are so many positive outcomes for young people who participate in athletics. Being involved can positively enhance each and every student. Whether they excel or not does not matter, what does matter is that they participate. I Am 90 years young, with more medical... Read More

I spent 40 years in Public Education. In my opinion participation in extra curricular activities is vital to the development of an individual. Athletics is number one on my list. There are so many positive outcomes for young people who participate in athletics. Being involved can positively enhance each and every student. Whether they excel or not does not matter, what does matter is that they participate. I Am 90 years young, with more medical problems then you can imagine. There is no question that without my participation in sports I would not be 90. I cannot explain in words how much these experiences will benefit young people in their growth. I was fortunate enough to attend a system that offered these opportunities to youngsters to grow and develop. My understanding is that "Sports" provides this God speed and good luck mentality, which is a worthy effort. Some people would also say that I had a positive result in my chosen profession. I could also expand greatly on how my early years of athletic efforts were a significant factor in any successes I had. Any child who is able to participate in "Sport" activities is fortunate.

Dan Eskin
Teacher, Coach, Central Office, Superintendent