I am proud to say that some of my fondest memories in life are derived from my experiences in high school athletics. The memories born from these experiences, and the bonds formed during my high school athletic career, live on today. This fact serves as a testament to the profound impact sports can have on a young student-athlete.
Vince Lombardi, the late legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers once said: “The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.”
I believe it to be true, that the qualities and virtues learned on the playing field are universal skills that will help you succeed in whatever endeavor you so choose. The life lessons I have learned through athletics are far too many to list, but chief among them are teamwork, a disciplined work ethic, and learning how to succeed in the face of what appears to be insurmountable odds.
As a society, we revere success but often fail to recognize process. The hard work, sacrifice, commitment, and dedication necessary to succeed are things that only you and your teammates can truly comprehend. It is important to note, however, that the lessons learned in the face of defeat can exceed those learned in winning, as one of the secrets of life is to fall down eight times and to get up nine. It is easy to demonstrate sportsmanship when victorious, but the true judge of one’s character can best be determined when you are exposed to defeat.
Competition and learning how to compete are vital to your future success. Whether in a rink, on a court, on the mat, in the pool, on the slopes or the field, I look forward to watching our student-athletes compete. I know you will make us proud. See you at the game.
Michael Mastrullo Principal
Commitment: Committing through practices, policies, and procedures to maximize each student’s opportunities for intellectual and personal development.
Citizenship: Fostering within students a social consciousness to perform effectively in and become productive citizens of a rapidly changing world.
Harmony: Surrounding students with a highly competent and caring staff in a supportive and safe environment consistent with the communities’ historic commitment to mutual respect and harmony.
Scholarship: Providing a rigorous and varied educational experience as measured against best educational practices, guided by intellectualism, and the highest standards of scholarship in a public education setting
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Barry Haley CAA Athletic Director