A High School Football coach is making quite the splash on trying to teach his players about character and going above and beyond football. His recent measure? Suspend the entire team!
Matt Labrum, a high school football coach shocked his players when he announced last weekend he was suspending all 80 of them! And not only that but warned that they had to earn their way back onto the squad by showing “good character.”
A concious Labrum is worried about his boys but not only because of their on-field record but his concerns hail on how the Union High School teens were handling themselves away from the gridiron after hearing reports of cyberbullying, bad grades and truancy.
On a letter obtained by Deseret News, coaches wrote
“We want student-athletes that are humble to learn and grow through adversity and success on and off the field,” “We want a team that others want to associate themselves with and support; winning isn’t the most important criteria for that to happen.”
Just as out of your favorite teacher-student inspiring movie, the edifying letter also listed five things each player must fulfill if they want to rejoin the team: be on time; receive no F’s or disciplinary problems in class; do an individual service project that helps their families; and memorize a quote about good character; this last requirement will also include reciting the quote to a coach.
Someone should give this guy a medal! Although for some his measures might be a little exaggerated bullying is not a game and is very real specially among high school students and this is a great attempt to do something about it. Although tough with his players, Lebrum looks like a total softy when it comes to his family.
Matt Lebrum from Roosevelt, Utah attended Union High School in Roosevelt Utah graduating in the class of 1990, five years later he graduated from Southern Utah University and in 2007 he gained a Masters in Physical Education from Utah State University. As of Jun 2012 he became the head football coach working for the Duchesne County School District.
Think this is a lesson learned??