Author: Dan Serard | June 27, 2014
Looking Back on the School Year
As the school year begins to wind down, I can’t help but think back to the fall when Life of an Athlete was more of a conversation. The Student Athlete Leadership Committee decided to go into the front yard of the NHIAA to plant the promise to remain substance free. They planted 200 red tulip bulbs in honor of Red Ribbon Week.
As we watched the first tulip start to bloom just a couple days before the last student leadership committee meeting of the year, it was pink. Over the next two days, while we waited for the other flowers, it occurred to me how many obstacles we need to overcome while attempting to do something innovative. As the week moved on we saw more bulbs (thankfully red ones) start to bloom and the form of a ribbon was clear. As it came in we saw that one of the tails hadn’t come up, but were able to add some extra’s to fill in the gaps the morning of the group photo.
As we start preparing for next year, we want to thank those Athletic Directors and other educators, coaches, and prevention professionals that went along on this journey with us. Starting something new isn’t always pretty or ever clean, but if you’re willing to work together, and trust the process, you can create something amazing.
To me, Life of an Astro is an important program that not only benefits the athletes but the school as a whole. It's great to know that now there's a program to unite every single different sport at ou…
— Maria Aiello (Student Athlete, Pinkerton Academy)