Over the last couple years, I have been fortunate to become involved with Play Like a Champion Today (PLACT), an initiative at the University of Notre Dame that is working to promote a positive sports culture through a series of coaching clinics and parent workshops. Through their train-the-trainer format, they have trainers throughout the United States that have spread their message to thousands of coaches.
PLAC Locker Room
It was at their Annual Leadership Conference in June 2014 that I was trained to conduct their “Coaching for Character” and “Coaching as Ministry” clinics for coaches, as well as their “Parent Like a Champion” educational workshop for parents. I have presented a handful of workshops both at Saint Agnes, where I am Principal as well as parishioner, and St. Thomas in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

I love the program and these are four reasons why:

  • It’s mission-oriented. – The “Coaching as Ministry” program promotes the idea of coaching as a service for young people.
  • It’s character-building. – It provides opportunities for coaches to explore the important characteristics of a champion athlete.
  • It recognizes the spiritual nature of sport. – Coaches must foster the spirituality within their athletes.
  • Their “GROW” approach – Goals. Relationships. Ownership. Winning. This is PLACT’s approach to motivating athletes to success.

I’m looking forward to continuing to share my own research, as well as more about Play Like a Champion Today, with you in future posts.

If you would like more information about Play Like a Champion Today feel free to email me at or access their website at If you are interested in bringing Play Like a Champion Today to your league or school, please contact me.

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