Welcome Sports Blog – 2022

Welcome Sports Blog – 2022


This is the first blog post of the 2022 school year. Typically, this is about a current event related to sports, but today I just want to hear from you.  I also want to introduce you to this program – an app-based program we call the Student Athlete Program.  This program is designed to improve the character, sportsmanship and leadership of high school athletes.  This program should be fun and engaging. It is not supposed to be “one more thing” or “something you have to do.”

Each week, we ask you to complete the five lessons. It will take you approximately 12 minutes per week. This is a minimum expectation that creates maximum benefit. We release these 5 lessons each Sunday. We expect you to complete the lessons and answer one reflective question after each lesson. Your responses will go directly to your coach’s app. Your coach will select one of these five lessons and bring it into practice once a week to lead a meaningful conversation with the team. Week 1 focuses on goal-setting. Each week thereafter focuses on a different trait.

To teach each trait, you will receive 5 daily lessons via our app. Each day of the week is different and the format looks like this.

  • Monday Life Lesson – Powerful pre-recorded life lessons delivered by coaches and athletes.
  • Tuesday Sports Blog – Dr. Hoedel authors a sports-based blog about current events related to character and leadership.
  • Wednesday Role Model – Students read about a sports role model that exemplifies the traits covered in the program.
  • Thursday Dilemma – Students respond to sports-related ethical dilemmas to teach decision-making skills and ethics.
  • Friday Movie Clip  –  Segments from character-based popular sports movies are viewed and discussed.

Purpose of Blog: Every week I will write about a sports-related current event about character and leadership.  In the blog, I usually provide my perspective, a video link and discussion questions. The purpose of this blog is to make a simple point – character and leadership matter today!  Some of these stories will be inspirational and some will teach tough lessons. Sometimes it will be about someone who ruined his/her life with one bad decision and sometimes it will be about a selfless act that positively changed someone’s life.

My Hope – Read It, comment and be inspired:   To be honest, I spend 2-3 hours every week researching and writing these blogs. For each post, I will provide discussion questions. Respond to them and let me know what you think about the story. Be articulate. Don’t just say you disagree – say what you disagree with and back it up with a solid rationale. Keep it clean. Don’t swear or put down other students’ views. This is a character and leadership site, so I will filter comments that are non-productive. I hope that these blogs will inspire you and that one or many of them will change the way you approach life.  I believe that students can be inspired and want to be inspired. People and stories can be the source of that inspiration.

Your Turn:

  1. Tell me what state you are from and the name of your school?
  2. How do you think improving your character and leadership will help you in athletics and in life?

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  1. 1.missouri and marshfield high school

    2.I think it will help us to work together better on game days and be able to communicate better

  2. Illinois, Dixon high school it can help me push others to do what is needed and push my self to make me and others a better person and a better athlete.

  3. Michigan, Bronson Jr./Sr. High School

    Improving the character will help me in athletics because it is helping me be a better teammate and become more coachable.

  4. I live in Missouri and I go to Marshfield High School. Improving my my character and leadership in athletics and in life will make me a more confident person.

  5. I am Bella Russell from Marshfield High School and I think improving character will help us in life to become more likable and surrounded by better communities.

  6. Illinois, Dixon High School

    I believe it will help in the long run to make me a better student/athlete. And even a parent/coach.

  7. Missouri and I go to Marshfield High School.
    It will help me be a better teammate on and off the court all the time.

  8. Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois.
    I think that having a better attitude and improving my character and leadership will help me succeed more in athletics and in life like getting a good job.

  9. I am from Illinois and go to school at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois.
    Improving my character and leadership will help me in athletics and life by showing me to not get too excited or too bummed out. If I can be a good leader with good character, my point on the line of emotions will not drastically change.

  10. I’m from Illinois and I’m from dixon high school
    Well character and leadership will make a great impact of my life like when I’m older if I’m a ceo I have to have good leadership skills to tell my employees what there are supposed to do and how to do it right the first time. In athletics your leadership skills can help your team weather your down by 50 and need a inspirational speech to get back going or up by 50 and need a reinsurance speech.

  11. I think that improving my character and my leadership will help me in life and sports because I think that it’ll help me be able to talk to people and help them or ask them for help and just be a good example.

  12. From Illinois and I go to Dixon High School. I think improving my attitude can help my team, make my school a better environment, and overall make me a better person.

  13. I am from Illinois and go to Dixon High School, I think improving my character and leadership skills will help my team improve and communicate better and will make me a better person after high school.

  14. From Illinois and I go to Dixon high school. I think that it will help me be a better athlete and be a better student in the classroom. I’ll also be better for me in the long run when being a parent and will make me a better person.

  15. I am from Bay City, Michigan and I go to Bay City Central. I think improvement in character and leadership will help me become a better teammate and allow me to say the right things to encourage my teammates on the court. In my personal life, I believe it will help me with my social skills and come into play when I have a real world job.

  16. 1. I am from bay city central, michigan

    2. I believe that it will make our team have better communication and help us to be more coachable.

  17. From Missouri and go to MHS. I think building my character will help me understand how others think which will help me perform during a game.

  18. 1. Michigan, BCC

    2. I think improving my character and leadership will help in athletics and life because every choice we make is an example to another person and to create the right example our character/leadership needs to be on point which happens through practice and hardwork.

  19. Missouri, Marshfield High School.
    I think improving my attitude will make me enjoy my sport more and make me a better person. It can make my environment I live in better

  20. I am from Michigan and I go to Bay City Central.
    I think improving my leadership skills will make me a better teammate as well as help me in my occupation.

  21. 1. Missouri, Marshfield High school
    2. My thoughts to when you improve your character and leadership skills are they allow you to better communicate and practice with your team. For life they make you more charismatic and capable to handle yourself out in the world in my opinion.

  22. 1.Michigan
    2.I think it will better our team as a group and me myself in the other activities/Sports that I do. It will make me and my team communicate and be better for eachother and others

  23. marshfield mo. i believe this app will help better my leadership and sportsmanship abilities on and off the field

  24. 1. Michigan, Bay City Central

    2. I think improving character will help in sports by affecting you attitude. A positive person is likely to have more drive and effort than a negative person.