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Play – Beauty – Reflection – Balance – Respect

February 19, 2013 | by ISSCD

No matter what the level of competition, each athletic experience or moment has the potential to evoke a sense of awareness and contemplation not often realized by sport participants and spectators. Winning, losing, injury and mistakes carry within them the precious gift of inspiration. It is up to the individual to recognize it, respect it, learn … Read More 

Spring Commissioning 2013

February 12, 2013 | by ISSCD

At the start of every sport season, our Neumann Knights are commissioned. “Commissioning” means that each student-athlete is blessed, and pledges to compete passionately and act with respect, integrity and perseverance. Last night, we held our Commissioning Ceremony for our spring teams: baseball, softball, golf, men’s tennis, women’s lacrosse, and men’s lacrosse. Together, about 150 … Read More 

How I Found Joy in the Pain and Agony of Youth Sports

January 4, 2013 | by ISSCD

by Janell Burley Hofmann,  Writer (originally posted on huffingtonpost.com) Since the last time I coached my son’s youth sports team, I have given birth to three daughters, his foot has grown larger than mine and now, not everybody wins. It has been six years, but it could have been yesterday, it could have been a … Read More 

Thoughts on REFLECTION

December 28, 2012 | by Evan Morgan

For more information about the pillars in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, please visit the exhibit online at isscd.org/exhibit. One of the key values on the pillars in the atrium of the Mirenda Center is reflection. The act of reflecting is thinking about a past action or moment and how is has … Read More 

Thoughts on RESPECT

December 27, 2012 | by Andrew Love

For more information about the pillars in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, please visit the exhibit online at isscd.org/exhibit. When asked to choose a topic from our pillars inside the Mirenda Center here at Neumann, I chose what I believe is a truly inspirational story. This is the story of baseball player … Read More 

Thoughts on BALANCE

December 26, 2012 | by Aaron Keaney

For more information about the pillars in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, please visit the exhibit online at isscd.org/exhibit. I chose to write a reflection on the following quote off of the pillar labeled “Balance” in the lobby of the Mirenda Center: “Balance is about wholeness. When one is whole, one is … Read More 

Thoughts on PLAY

December 25, 2012 | by Steve Gervais

For more information about the pillars in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, please visit the exhibit online at isscd.org/exhibit. “When we play, we sense no limitations. In fact, when we are playing, we are usually unaware of ourselves. Self-observation goes out the window. We forget all those past lessons of life, forget … Read More 

Thoughts on PLAY

December 24, 2012 | by Caitlin Cantwell

For more information about the pillars in the Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development, please visit the exhibit online at isscd.org/exhibit. “Sport at its best allows us to play.” The PLAY pillar, though last in the sequence, is the only of its kind, by means of a command—play! The English word sport means … Read More 

Jack and Victor

December 20, 2012 | by Melissa Hickey

On Friday, December 14th at 9:30 AM a small town by the name of Newtown Connecticut was thrust in the minds and hearts of all people around the world.  A horrific shooting had taken place that morning at an elementary school in Sandy Hook – an adjacent town to Newtown.  In the aftermath, twenty-six people lost … Read More 

What Is the “College Experience?”

October 5, 2012 | by Kevin Sloan

How often we confuse the words “college experience” for “partying.” I once had a recruit visit me, wanting to go to school to get the “college experience.” My head did a 360 degree turn. In moments like this, I always enjoy the follow-up questions, especially wondering whether the recruit’s parents will agree or disagree with … Read More 

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