Athletics News

Making An Impact

Oct. 17, 2012

When I travel with the football team, I have the opportunity to talk with professionals outside of the athletic field. To hear the team doctors talk about their industry or the team dentist talking about movements towards mouth guards in all sports in order to help with concussion issues or trauma to the brain, I question what impact do I have? We are often greeted on road trips by retired firemen and escorted by highway patrolmen. Their impact on the day-to-day lives is evident and we should all thank them for that. At least two members of the football traveling party have served our military and I only have to look into the eyes of my sons to know that I owe each of our veterans a thank you.

Last week, I was rushing through the day when the assistant softball coaches stopped into the office with a letter for me to read. I was less than interested to say the least but obliged out of respect for them. The opening paragraph spoke about taking 15 minutes to explain and needless to say I didn't want to take the time.

After prodding, I read on and I ENCOURAGE you to read the letter sent to FAU Head Coach Joan Joyce as well click here. What I rediscovered is something we tell the FAU athletes over and over, but I had forgotten to pay attention because of what I perceived as my busy schedule. Thanks to Dan LaCapra, I have a renewed spirit about walking through life and the impact that we all have. Thanks to Dan, I have a new respect for the coaches, student athlete and administrators who I serve because they are impacting lives daily. In fact, everyone in the athletics department makes an impact each and every day on the lives of the FAU student athletes and those that cheer for the Owls.

Here is to Making the Lives of those Around Us Better! And to Dan, our prayers are with you.

Katrina McCormack

C-USA Unbridled Ambition Learfield