Family, brotherhood, trust, and accountability were just a few of the words the young men of the Seaside Football program used to characterize their experience this weekend and their feelings about their participation in the football program. June is an incredibly busy month with family vacations, starting summer jobs, summer basketball and baseball, and taking time to simply decompress after a school year. Our guys committed, however, to spending 24 hours at Camp Rilea with their teammates and coaches this past weekend and working on becoming better men, better teammates, and a better team.
With the help of the National Guard, our team was able to navigate the obstacle course the Armed Forces uses for training on Friday afternoon. We were witness to a number of young men in the program overcoming both mental and physical challenges with the help and encouragement from their teammates and coaches.
Often times you get so used to saying something you forget the meaning behind what is coming out of your mouth. We took time as a group to examine what MOC really stands for and what it means. All of us need consistent reminding of our ideals that drive our program and have perpetuated our success. Every member of the program that had an opportunity to speak about what Character, Class, and Commitment means to them. There were some incredibly profound statements made that evening that should serve as a constant reminder that participating in this program is not about winning football games, rather understanding the personal characteristics that will help each member of this program become a positive contributor to our community and beyond.
After sharing some down time with a movie that evening, we all hit the rack in preparation for the rappel tower in the morning.
When we arrived on site everyone agreed that the tower looked a lot higher than it had the previous day. After instruction from our rappel masters, it was time for the team to support each other in going over the sixty foot wall. It was an impressive display of courage by many members of the team and a great lesson in trusting your teammates to take care of you.
The biggest takeaway for me from this weekend was understanding that you don’t have to have a football in your hand to make you a better football team. The opportunity to introduce our incoming freshmen to the program this early and to see our veterans assume leadership roles unrivaled the beginning to any other season since I assumed responsibility for running this program. We became a much better football team this weekend.
I want to thank the staff at Camp Rilea for hosting us. I would like to thank Sgt. Hotchkiss, Sgt. McCloud, Sgt. Carver, and Sgt. D'Amico for volunteering their time over the weekend to ensure that our young men were able to participate in this awesome experience. A big thank you to Margie Leary, Paige Ideue, Nissa Roberts, and McKenna Roberts for all of the shopping and preparation of the meals. Lastly thank you to my coaches for putting in the time to make us better.