As an athlete traveling on the road, your character is continuously under scrutiny by outside observers that you are not even aware are looking. At Pursuit of Excellence we like to create something called the 360 degree player, meaning developing the players with skills in hockey but more importantly their values in life.
Even more than hearing success stories on ice, one thing that gets us most excited is hearing emails like the ones below.
While on the road travelling to Minnesota a couple random onlookers sent us emails. This is the first response we received...
"My husband and I ran into a group of your hockey Boys in Roseville Minnesota at the Noodles & Company restaurant on Saturday December 1st. We were so impressed with how these young men carried themselves, all of them dressed in suits; they were so polite and offered us chairs for our table which had no chairs. They conducted themselves like gentlemen they were quietly having fun, being respectful and even wiped off their tables before they left. An impressive program you are running. Hats off to the coaches for being great teachers and role models."
Not only that but while traveling an Alaska Airlines Flight Attendant felt strongly enough to send us the following email...
"I'm writing to tell you how polite and well-mannered your Hockey Team was on our flight last night from Minneapolis to Seattle. My co-worker's and I were astonished on the difference between your team and the other teams. Please let the young men and their parents know how impressed we were and thank you. GO PURSUIT!"
That being said, with so many distractions these days, it can be more challenging than ever to know if a message is getting through to a young man or woman. We'd like to extend appreciation towards our E15 and Midget Prep U18 coaches on doing a great job with these young men and also the players on being a true representation of a 360 Degree Player.
If you want your son or daughter to develop similar qualities, please consider enrolling them in POE next season. Click here for more details.