Supporting your Student-Athlete – How to Engage


After a practice or game is a great time for parents to reinforce what their student-athlete is learning through sports. What is the first question you ask your student-athlete after practice when they get into the car or walk in the door?  How was practice? Do you ask questions that will get a one or two-word answers, like good, ok, not bad? Make your questions more engaging, for instance, what was the best part of practice, what was the toughest part, what are some things to work on, what are some things you are doing well? As a parent, you are there to support and help mold their experience and support the school or team. Not every practice is easy, not every practice is fun. Two-a-days in mid-summer is not a cake walk, but your positive reinforcement of the process makes it much better. Also, you are there as a parent to keep that life balance between sports, school and life. Do not let one override the other. Keep sports in perspective and help your student-athlete have a healthy life balance. Help put these “tools” in your student-athletes tool box. As they grow and develop into young adults they will appreciate the lessons learned from balancing life.  At Calvary, balancing a heavy academic load, volunteering, participating in extracurricular activities and then in the end, having a social life can be difficult. As a parent, you have been there and done that. You have the ability to help guide your student athlete through those rough waters.  

A little more about Chad Griffin...

Chad Griffin received his B.A. in history with a minor in criminal justice from UNC-Pembroke and his M.Ed. in education administration from Madison University. Griffin attends First Presbyterian Church and strives to live by Mark 9:35, “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, ‘Anyone who wants to be first must be very last, and a servant to all.’” He has been blessed with a wonderful, caring wife, Sherry, and two remarkable children, Hayes and Addison. He is thankful for the ability to serve our student-athletes, coaches, and support staff through athletic endeavors. Griffin sincerely believes the values of “Building Champions through Christ,” and uses this motto to challenge our student-athletes to be the best young men and women they can be. Griffin prays that student-athletes will not only find individual success, but also spiritual success through true salvation that matters — a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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