Fostering Meaningful Relationships On and Off the Field – Matt Casper

In his last blog entry, Jack Hall described a moment at a cross country meet that perfectly illustrated how important creating and maintaing meaningful relationships is to our school community.  As head coach of Walker’s varsity football team, I realize that the success of our team rests on the relationships between our players. I am constantly striving to make sure that the Walker football program provides balance to our players through a combination of athletics, academics, and service.ALSwalk

In early September, sophomore and linebacker Candler Boland came to me to ask if we could help raise awareness of ALS, a disease that his father Mike has been battling since 2012. On most Saturday mornings, the team gathers at Walker to watch film from the last night’s game and spends time in the weight room, preparing for the upcoming week. However, on this Saturday, September 19, 35 members of the Wolverine football team and coaches woke up met at the World Congress Center to proudly participate in the Walk to Defeat ALS with the Boland family.


As I walked among my fellow coaches and players and we watched our athletes interact with each other outside of their normal routines, I realized that some of the best ways to foster these meaningful relationships happens off the field. I am so proud of our athletes for rallying around their fellow teammate to support a great cause. Candler did an outstanding job of organizing the walk and representing his family that day, and to date, the team has raised over $18,800.