St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School will partner with SportsLeader over the next four years to implement their Catholic virtue-based formation program for coaches.

“In offering athletics programs at St. Michael we seek to use sport as a context for physical, intellectual, and spiritual growth,” said Athletic Director Rich Weitz. “Our partnership with SportsLeader represents a continuation of our tradition in a very intentional way.”

SportsLeader, based in Louisville, Ky., will work with our staff to incorporate the methods and curriculum based on the four pillars of the program: Virtue, Mentoring, Ceremony, and Catholic Identity.

“Through virtue-based formation of our coaches and student-athletes we will create opportunities for mentorship and ceremony while embracing our Catholic identity in an inclusive manner,” said Weitz. “Our goal is that the student-athlete experience will significantly contribute to SMA Athletics graduating young men and women who change the world for the sake of peace and goodwill.”

“The more we can help our young people grow closer to Christ through the platform of sports, the more we are accomplishing our mission within Catholic school athletics,” said Lou Judd, the Director of SportsLeader.

SportsLeader has worked with public and private universities and colleges across the country including The Ohio State University, Michigan State, and Ave Maria University. They have also partnered with numerous high schools nationwide, Canada, Sweden, and Kenya.

The program will be introduced to the student-athletes via the coaching staffs of all sports programs during the 2018-19 season and to the parents at the respective parent meetings.

SportsLeader was founded in 2004 and is endorsed by the Vatican Office of Church and Sport. They are a charitable nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


Additional Links:
• SportsLeader Website
• SportsLeader at Work: Seton LaSalle HS
• Vatican office of Church and Sport

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